Weekly Update: Supporting Community Revitalization, Increasing Protections for Animals, Applauding Company Expansions in Pennsylvania

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 25, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Weekly Update: Supporting Community Revitalization, Increasing Protections for Animals, Applauding Company Expansions in Pennsylvania The Blog,  Weekly Update Governor Wolf kicked off this week by touring several community revitalization projects in West Reading. The projects received funding support through the Department of Community and Economic Development.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf visited the Humane Society in Harrisburg to discuss Pennsylvania’s new animal cruelty laws before they go into effect on August 28. Act 10 of 2017, which includes Libre’s Law, was signed earlier this summer and includes improved tethering stipulations and conditions for dogs, additional protections for horses, and increased penalties for animal abuse.Governor Wolf continued his week with stops in Chester and Newtown Square to see firsthand companies extolling innovation and expansion. In Chester, the governor toured the headquarters of Power Home Remodeling Group, the nation’s second largest exterior home remodeler that has remained committed to Pennsylvania and the City of Chester since it was founded in 1992.On Thursday, Governor Wolf toured SAP America and addressed SAP employees at their ‘All Hands’ staff meeting. The governor praised SAP’s recent commitment to add nearly 400 jobs across the commonwealth.Governor Wolf’s Week, August 20, 2017 – August 26, 2017Sunday, 8/20/17Governor Wolf Attends MLB Pirates-Cardinals Game at Historic Bowman FieldMonday, 8/21/17Governor Wolf Tours Revitalized West Reading Community Supported by State InvestmentTuesday, 8/22/17Governor Wolf Visits Humane Society of Harrisburg to Discuss New Animal Cruelty Laws Before Effective DateWednesday, 8/23/17On ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour, Governor Wolf Tours Power Home Remodeling Group in ChesterThursday, 8/24/17Governor Wolf Touts SAP America Expansion Across PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Flash Flooding in Washington and Clearfield CountiesFriday, 8/25/17Governor Wolf Announces Two Pennsylvania Personnel Will Deploy to Texas in Support of Federal Response to Hurricane HarveyHighlights from The BlogGUEST BLOG: Hear it From a Teacher: Reducing the PSSA Means Two More Days of Meaningful EducationFollow me on InstagramHighlights from TwitterGreat day for baseball — excited to see @Pirates take on the @Cardinals in Williamsport for the @LittleLeague World Series. #LLWS2017 pic.twitter.com/ONBgXooqGw— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 20, 2017 Here @HumaneHBG to remind Pennsylvanians that the new animal cruelty laws go into effect on Monday August 28. #LibresLaw pic.twitter.com/grA34JoxgP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 22, 2017last_img read more

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Munster record big win at Thomond

first_imgTries from Ronan O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, two from Simon Zebo – who is now the province’s leading try scorer – and two penalty tries helped them into fourth place in the Pro12 table.The win was the biggest Munster have ever in the league.And they are still ahead of Ulster in the table as Les Kiss’s side let an 8-point lead slip at Scotstoun to lose 27-17 against Glasgow. Stuart McCloskey and Iain Henderson had helped them into a 17-9 lead, but Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg scored a try each in the space of 3 minutes to turn the game on its head.last_img

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Stephen Curry shoots NBA three-point record in Warriors win

first_imgStephen Curry claimed a record 13 three-pointers in a single game as Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Monday.The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player had shared the previous record (12) with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.His history-making exploits came three days after the 28-year-old had failed to record a three-pointer in a game for the first time in two years.Curry had previously gone a record 157 games with at least one three-pointer.last_img

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The Constitution of South Africa

first_imgThe Constitution of a newly democratic South Africa was promulgated by President Nelson Mandela in 1996. The highest law of the land, it is widely regarded as the most progressive Constitution in the world, with a Bill of Rights second to none.The Constitutional Court in the Constitution Hill precinct, Hillbrow (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s Constitution is the result of remarkably detailed and inclusive negotiations that were carried out with an acute awareness of the injustices of the country’s non-democratic past. It is the highest law of the land and no other law or government action can supersede it.An interim constitution was first drafted as the country made its transition from apartheid to democracy. Then, in after the April 1994 elections, a new constitution was written in consultation with the public as well as elected public representatives.This was approved by the Constitutional Court on 4 December 1996, signed into law by President Nelson Mandela on 18 December, and took effect on 4 February 1997. It is widely regarded as the most progressive constitution in the world, with a Bill of Rights second to none.See the Constitutional Court’s website for the full text of the Constitution in all official languagesHuman rights and freedomsHuman rights are given clear prominence in the Constitution. They feature in the Preamble with its stated intention of establishing “a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights”.WATCH: Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research at Brand South Africa, discusses the meaning of South Africa’s Constitution:In the first chapter, human rights appear in the first of the Founding Provisions of the Republic of South Africa: “Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms.” Spelt out in detail, they occupy 35 sections of Chapter 2.Among the rights stipulated are those of equality, freedom of expression and association, political and property rights, housing, health care, education, access to information, and access to courts.And all are taken extremely seriously by the citizens of the country.There must be few places in the world where constitutional rights feature as much in public and private discourse, and there has been no hesitation in testing the provisions and implications of the Bill of Rights in the Constitutional Court.Some of the more unusually progressive rights have come under particular spotlight, such as the unqualified “Everyone has the right to life”, and the inclusion of sexual orientation as one of the grounds upon which discrimination is forbidden.Any limitation of rights must be “reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society” and must take several factors into consideration. And although Chapter 2 also acknowledges the possible need to derogate certain rights under states of emergency, it lists a number of non-derogable rights.The remaining three Founding Provisions of the Constitution reaffirm South Africa’s determination to build on a bedrock of equality, law and democracy. They are:Non-racialism and non-sexism.Supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.The provision that lays down South Africa’s democratic philosophy by stipulating “universal adult suffrage, a national common voters roll, regular elections and a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness”.LanguagesAnother issue given prominence is that of language. Section 6 of the Constitution states that everyone has the right to use the language and participate in the cultural life of his or her choice – though no one may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.The Constitution provides for 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.Not only are the 11 official languages named and their uses and right to promotion specified, but specific attention is also paid to the Khoi, Nama and San languages and to sign language.In addition, there is mention of “all languages commonly used by communities in South Africa” and those used for religious purposes.One does not have to know much about the constitutional negotiation process to realise that this kind of inclusive detail is the result of minute consideration of sectional interests.Such attention to detail makes South Africa’s Constitution unusually long, although the decision to write it in accessible language has resulted in a document that is easy to read.Democratic governmentChapters 3 to 7 detail the country’s democratic system of government, one characteristic of which is the stress on interaction between the national, provincial and local levels through the mechanism of co-operative governance.Other important characteristics are those generally considered essential to democracy, such as the specification of the manner in which representatives are elected, limitations on terms of office, and the majorities required to pass legislation.Section 74 (2) states that Bills amending the Constitution require a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly as well as a supporting vote of six of the nine provinces represented in the National Council of Provinces – these being the two houses that comprise South Africa’s Parliament.Preceding that is the requirement that a Bill amending Section 1 of the Constitution, which sets out the state’s founding values as described above, requires a 75% majority in the National Assembly and agreement from six of the nine provinces in the National Council of Provinces.Serious violation of the Constitution is one of the grounds on which the President may be removed from office, also on a two-thirds majority.Justice, security, international lawThe Constitution goes on to deal with the courts and administration of justice, state institutions supporting constitutional democracy, public administration, security services (defence, police and intelligence), the role of traditional leaders, and finance.The final chapter covers general provisions, including international agreements and international law (“Customary international law is law in the Republic unless it is inconsistent with the Constitution or an Act of Parliament”).Among other things, the final chapter requires that all constitutional obligations “be performed diligently and without delay”.Coming late to democracy, South Africa was able to draw on the collective wisdom of the democratic countries of the world in creating its Constitution. Having come along a route of struggle and pain, the country took the process deeply to heart – and takes great pride in the result.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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How is your corn drying?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio started corn harvest on Sept. 18, two to three weeks ahead of the normal corn grain harvest date. In the last three years most growers have had the benefit of letting the corn crop dry in the field and have experienced very dry grain at harvest that could easily be taken to the local elevator or quickly dried in the bin with some forced air. In these past years, growers have experienced grain moisture at harvest in the range of 17% to 18%.But what happens to the kernel after it reaches physiological maturity or “black layer” at 30% grain moisture? It has to dry by itself without much help from the plant. Once the black layer forms, the moisture and nutritional connection between the kernel and cob is broken. Therefore, the plant can no longer help the grain drying process. Field drying of mature corn grain is influenced primarily by weather factors like temperature and humidity. It’s not a mystery that warmer temperatures and lower humidity encourage rapid field drying of corn grain.Weather plays a big factor in drydown. However, modern corn hybrids have been engineered by plant breeders to have superior late season drydown by selecting for characteristics that promote drying. These are the hybrids that deliver maximum gross income and minimum grain shrinkage costs. The following characteristics are the ones that plant breeders have influenced to bring you very fast drying corn hybrids.Husk coverage of the ear — Some hybrids produce short husk leaves. Sometimes the cob and grain can be exposed from the tip of the ear. These hybrids dry faster but can be attacked by birds and insects. Genuity RIB Complete hybrids provide protection against Corn Earworm feeding on the tips of ears.Husk tightness — Loose husk leaves provide faster grain drydown. Hybrids with tight husk leaves tend to have more problems with ear rot diseases.Husk leaf number — The fewer the number of husk leaves, the more rapid the grain moisture loss. There is a big difference among hybrids.Husk leaf thickness — Thinner husk leaves provide more rapid grain moisture loss. If you hold these leaves up to the sun, thin husk leaves can appear to be “see through” or translucent.Husk leaf senescence — Some hybrids have brown husk leaves soon after black layer. The sooner the husk leaves senesce (die), the more rapid the grain moisture loss.Ear hang — The sooner the ears drop from an upright position after black layer to a downward position, the more rapid the grain moisture loss. It’s logical that upright ears can capture rainfall and dew, which can prolong the drydown process and accelerate ear rot diseases.Kernel hardness — The pericarp is the outer layer of the kernel. The thinner the pericarp the faster the kernel dries. Also, the endosperm (inside kernel) can have different levels of harness. Hard kernels dry slower but have higher test weight. Softer endosperm kernels dry fast.So what is the ideal corn grain moisture for harvest? We mentioned earlier that in past years growers in Ohio have had the luxury of harvesting corn at 15% to 18% grain moisture with minimal drying costs. But is this the most profitable grain moisture for harvest? The answer is not easy because one answer does not fit all grain operations. It depends on harvest equipment, labor, drying capacity, and storage space for grain.Here are a couple of points to consider about grain moisture harvest timing. The experts recommend corn harvest at 23% to 25% grain moisture to capture the most revenue per acre. This is due to the fact that after black layer, harvest losses are greater from ear droppage, broken stalks, wind damage, pest damage, disease, and mechanical harvest loss. Growers that delay harvest past that ideal moisture can typically experience 5% loss in October and if delayed into November that loss can grow to 8.4%. Also, it has been reported by researchers that some standing grain corn hybrids can lose 1% of it’s dry weight for every point of moisture drop after 28% grain moisture. In Ohio, grain corn usually dries at the rate of 1% moisture in three days after the black layer forms. Be safe, I wish you a speedy harvest.last_img read more

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The 7 Technology Trends That Will Matter Most To Small Business in 2013

first_imgrieva lesonsky What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts Tags:#predictions#small business How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … If 2012 was a year of “wait and see,” for small business technology, 2013 will be a year to “go for it.”One key reason is that small business optimism is already rising. According to the Fall 2012 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report, more than half of small business owners project sales will grow in the next year, and almost one-third plan to hire. Just 7% expect sales to drop and only 3% plan to lay off employees. And entrepreneurs typically believe they’re local economies are doing better than the nation as a whole. (That can’t be true for everyone, of course, but it still speaks to increasing optimism.)That’s not all. Some 45% of business owners in a recent Kauffman survey believe consumer demand will grow in 2013. Record sales over Black Friday weekend sales suggest consumers have “frugality fatigue” and are ready to spend again. Consumer debt is falling, the housing market is improving, and even the job market is showing signs of recovery-all of which could increase consumer spending by 3.5% by late 2013, according to Moody’s Analytics. With pent-up demand for everything from housing to personal services to travel, there will be plenty of opportunity for small businesses who aren’t afraid to seize it.As always, though, technology trends will make a big difference in determining which businesses will be most successful. Here’s what to look for:1. Death of the desktop? Mobility will increasingly change how we do business. Already, according to The Mobility Edge: CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 36% of small business IT managers say some of their employees have replaced a desktop or laptop computer with a smartphone or tablet. An additional 20% predict even more employees will do so by 2014. Adoption of tablets in the workplace is projected to grow a whopping 117% by then, while smartphone adoption at work will surge 33%. Smart entrepreneurs will tap into mobile’s potential to work faster, more efficiently and more effectively.2. Understanding your tech options will be critical. While small businesses recognize the opportunity technology presents, they’re often confused about how best to implement it. In a Techaisle study, 54% of small and midsized businesses say their technology “pain points” have increased in the last three years, and that they’re most mystified by cloud computing, virtualization, business intelligence, remote managed services and marketing automation.3. Competition for talent will get tougher. It’s never been easy for a small business to compete with big-company salaries, perks and bennies, and in 2013 it will become even more difficult, as employees are eager to search for those greener pastures. That’s especially true for technology experts, so small businesses will have to find other ways to meet their tech needs.4. Outsourcing will become an even better option. Freelancers and contractors, on the other hand, will be easier to find. MBO Partners’ second annual State of Independence in America study projects the number of independent workers (contractors, consultants, freelancers or solo-preneurs) will grow from nearly 17 million to 23 million in the next five years. That will make it easier to hire the talent you need on a temporary basis.5. SoLoMo goes shopping. Social/Local/Mobile is becoming the standard way to shop. People shopping on their mobile devices, “showroomg” (use their phones to compare in-store products with prices online), and use local search to find retailers and social media to find products. In a new study from the Advertising Research Foundation, nearly one-third of shoppers said social media affects their choice of brands; meanwhile, a survey by YP says 40% of consumers use local search daily. Making sure your website is optimized for mobile viewing and (if appropriate) developing a mobile app are the bare minimum of what you need to do in 2013.6. Connected millennials – and their moms – matter more than ever. Much of the change in shopping behavior is driven by two key consumer groups: Millennials and moms. Both groups are constantly connected, rely on their friends’ opinions (as well as those of social rating and recommendation sites) and aren’t shy about sharing their own opinions of your business online (and in person). In 2013 it will be more crucial than ever to monitor and reply to what’s being said about your business online.7. Social means more than Facebook. Facebook and Twitter are still the big names in social media, most used by both consumers and businesses. But 2013 could see a shakeup from newer social sites as Pinterest, Tumblr and other visually oriented social media grab the attention of Millennial and younger consumers. And don’t rule out Google+: The site’s unique visitors grew by 80% in 2012, says a report by NM Incite.What are we missing? What do you think will matter most in small business technology in 2013? How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

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Parents Of Texas A&M’s Admon Gilder Left Game Early, Missed His Game-Tying Layup vs. Northern Iowa

first_imgAdmon Gilder shoots a lay up against Northern Iowa.Twitter/@marchmadnessTexas A&M’s epic comeback against Northern Iowa, in which the Aggies made up a 12 point deficit in 44 seconds, is statistically the greatest last-minute comeback in college basketball history. Unfortunately, the parents of Admon Gilder, the Aggie who capped off the comeback with the game-tying layup before the buzzer, weren’t in the arena to see it. The Gilders left the game minutes earlier, assuming that the Aggies were about to lose, to head back to Dallas with work the next morning. Of course, because of it they missed their son being part of basketball history.Admon Gilder says his parents left Northern Iowa game early to get back to Dallas for work. Watched end in car on phone.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) March 23, 2016Yahoo Sports‘ Jeff Eisenberg has more:“They left the game with probably about a minute to go,” the younger Gilder said Wednesday. “They were at the gas station on the way back and someone came out and told them that I’d just hit the game-tying shot.”Paula and Admon Sr. both had to be at work early the next morning in their hometown of Dallas, a roughly four-hour drive from Oklahoma City. They decided they were already too far from the arena to turn around, so they followed overtime and double overtime on their phones instead.Gilder, now an Aggie hero, doesn’t hold it against his parents.“I probably would have left too,” Gilder said.Don’t expect to see the Gilders leaving Thursday’s game in Anaheim against Oklahoma early…unless they think they’re bringing the team a bit of luck.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith expected to make full recovery after hospital

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. president and chief executive Jim Smith remains in hospital a week after falling ill with what’s been diagnosed as arrhythmia, which is an irregular heart beat.The company said Tuesday that Smith’s condition was stable and doctors expect a full recovery. It said he’s expected to be released from hospital within two weeks.During his absence, chief financial officer Stephane Bello is overseeing Smith’s responsibilities in addition to his regular duties.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img

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Wholesale prices up 03 pct in March a hint of inflation

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale prices increased 0.3 per cent in March, driven higher by the largest increase in food costs in nearly four years.The Labor Department said Tuesday that the March gain in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed a 0.2 per cent rise in February and a 0.4 per cent jump in January.Food prices at the wholesale level surged 2.2 per cent, the biggest increase since April 2014, with many categories showing gains. Energy costs, however, fell 2.1 per cent as gasoline prices dropped 3.7 per cent, the largest monthly decline since last May.Over the past 12 months, wholesale prices have risen 3 per cent, the fastest annual pace since last November and another sign that inflation pressures have started to increase after years of being dormant.Rising food prices are tied to weather that affected crops, but analysts still believe the report shows that inflation pressures are beginning to increase.“The numbers aren’t yet alarming, but neither can we say with any confidence that (wholesale) inflation has peaked,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, was up 0.3 per cent in March, and 2.7 per cent over the past 12 months.The Federal Reserve last month increased its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point and signalled that it expected to raise rates a total of three times this year, the same number of rate hikes it delivered in 2017. However, many economists believe that stronger economic growth and a rise in inflation pressures will end up pushing the Fed to slightly accelerate its pace of rate hikes to four increases this year.The big increase in food costs reflected widespread gains across a number of categories with fish prices jumping 62.5 per cent, the biggest gain since 2014, while egg prices were up 41.6 per cent and vegetable costs rose 31.5 per cent.last_img read more

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