7 August 2013 The South African government has announced that 22 sexual offences courts are to be reintroduced by the end of the 2013/14 financial year, with specially trained officials and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims. “We believe that these sexual offences courts will help address the growing challenge of sexual offences in the country, particularly against vulnerable groups,” Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe said in Pretoria on Tuesday. Radebe made the announcement at the release of a report by the ministerial advisory task team on the adjudication of sexual offences matters to investigate the viability of re-establishing sexual offences courts. The investigation was commissioned in June 2012. The courts will feature a proper screening process to identify cases that fall within the sexual offences category; a special room where victims will testify; a private waiting room for adult witnesses; a private waiting room for child witnesses and victim support services. It will also include a designated court clerk and a court preparation programme for witnesses to prepare for court and to provide debriefing after they have testified.Special equipment for identification The courts will have special equipment to enable victims to identify the accused from the testifying room when required to do so. The concept of sexual offences courts was introduced in South Africa in 1993 and by the end of 2005, there were 74 sexual offences courts countrywide. Radebe said while the courts increased conviction rates and led to a decrease in turnaround time from the date of report to the police to the finalisation of the case, there were a number of challenges that led to their demise. “Some of the challenges included the lack of a specific framework to establish these courts, a dedicated budget, poor visibility of these courts in remote areas, restricted space capacity in courts, lack of training of court personnel and monitoring and evaluation mechanism developed specifically for the management of these courts.” Nine sexual offences courts continued to operate in various areas and a number of courts were dedicated to prioritise sexual offences related matters by the regional court presidents. “The task team has concluded that our current court system requires special courts to ensure an adequate response to the special needs of the sexual offence victims. There are sufficient grounds and a compelling need for the re-establishment of sexual offences courts,” he said.‘Prompt, responsive court system’ He said the specialised courts would reinforce the establishment of a victim-centred court system that is prompt, responsive and effective, reduce secondary victimisation, improve skills of court personnel, reduce the cycle time in finalising sexual offences cases and contribute to the efficient prosecution and adjudication of these cases. “Work in the implementation of these recommendations has already commenced. The department has already identified 57 regional courts for upgrading and equipping with modern technology to operate as sexual offences courts. This work has commenced in the 2013/14 financial year,” he said. “We have enough in our 2013/14 financial year budget to ensure that 22 of those courts will be up and running in this year. In terms of projections, we think that in a three-year period we would have completed properly equipping all these 57 courts.” The department would be opening the Butterworth Sexual Offences Court in the Eastern Cape on 16 August. South Africa had seen a rise in sexual violence against women and children and government could not remain unmoved. Radebe said the reintroduction of the courts would “ensure that those perpetrators of these heinous crimes must be brought to book and this is one of the ways of dealing with it”. Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, said the National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the resuscitation of the specialised courts. “There are constraints in the budget but as the NPA, we will ensure that these courts are resourced with efficient and competent prosecutors,” she said, adding that there was a Sexual Offences Courts unit within the NPA, and so there was a pool of prosecutors to resource the courts. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When considering all of the traits of importance to today’s cattleman and current market prices for all classes of beef cattle, the primary focus of any cow-calf producer should be fertility. While both the male and female contribute to herd’s level of fertility and its ultimate productivity, the herd sire is the more important component. An individual cow with poor fertility will certainly impact one potential calf a year. However, the bull impacts every potential calf in a given herd or breeding pasture.A Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) performed by an accredited veterinarian is a necessary management tool for improving herd fertility levels. Through a BSE, a bull is given a physical and semen evaluation to determine his status as a satisfactory potential breeder on the test date. The physical examination portion of the test can include the evaluation of body condition, feet and legs, eyes, and the organs of the reproductive system. The semen evaluation looks at characteristics such as sperm motility, percent normal cells, and percent primary and secondary abnormalities. The typical cost for a BSE falls in the $50 to $60 range.In spite of the obvious benefits of a BSE, a minority of producers actually semen check their bulls prior to use. Results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007-08 National Animal Health Monitoring System study indicated that semen tests were used by 44.1% of all operations surveyed. The results varied greatly depending on herd size as 21.1% of the herds with 1 to 49 cows used a semen check. The percentage using a semen check increased steadily as cow numbers increased and the final group (200 cows or more) used the check in 62.3% of the herds. For the operations that did not use a semen check, the top two reasons for not using this technology were labor/time at 34.4% and cost at 25.2%. These reasons are questionable at best.One requirement of bulls which are offered annually at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Seedstock Improvement Sales (SIS) is that they be examined for breeding soundness and meet the requirements to be deemed “Satisfactory Potential Breeders.” During preparations for this year’s SIS in Hillsboro, 5 of the 38 bulls that were originally consigned failed their Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) and as a result did not participate in the sale.Virgin bulls are obvious candidates for a BSE. However, many producers mistakenly assume a mature bull that has previously sired calves will remain a satisfactory breeder throughout his lifetime. This is simply not true as illness, injuries or perhaps even extreme winter weather can result in a change in status as a potential breeder. In fact, one of the five bulls that failed the BSE prior to the SIS was a two year old. Regardless of age and source of a potential herd sire, make sure a bull has been tested prior to use in a breeding season. Be certain a sire has the ability to settle the females he’s exposed to in a timely fashion.In past editions of the Ohio Beef Cattle Schools held around the state, there has been much discussion about the importance of short breeding seasons where most of the cows and heifers conceive on the first service. Certainly a number of issues can affect how long it takes to get the entire herd settled. Regardless, one obvious advantage of a tight breeding season is the opportunity to manage and market the resulting calves as one consistent group. However, have you ever considered the direct “economic” benefit of cows that conceive on the first cycle?Assuming adequate nutrition is available, a good calf is likely gaining about 2.25+/- pounds a day at weaning time. As a result, if he was born 21 days later than his counterpart, he could easily weigh 40 to 50 pounds less when he goes to market as a feeder calf in the fall of 2016. If feeder calves are worth only $2 per pound next fall, one missed breeding cycle could easily cost $80 to $100 for each calf that is born only one cycle late. For a cow that’s two cycles late, double those numbers.Herd health (vaccinations, etc.), cow body condition (nutrition), bull (breeding) power, bull breeding soundness and estrus synchronization programs are all factors that equate to getting cows settled early in the breeding season. Now is the time to consider the economic impact of each of these management opportunities as it relates to the harvest of your 2016 calf crop.It’s not too late to have your veterinarian evaluate your bulls for soundness before breeding season. The cost may be as little as the amount gained from settling one cow, one cycle earlier. Considering the value of feeder calves, sound beef bulls are a valuable commodity.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.”
Frank Kaminsky Katy PerryKaty Perry’s name has surfaced in the college sports world for a few different reasons over the past several months. It’s not surprising she has a lot of appeal to college athletes, and it appears Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky is smitten with the 30-year-old California native. So close that it felt real @katyperryA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky III (@fskpart3) on May 18, 2015 at 2:25pm PDT That’s a classic (and hilarious) photo.Smart move on Kaminsky’s part to tag Perry in the post. He won multiple national Player of the Year honors this season, and is about to be drafted somewhere in the first round of next month’s NBA Draft. His stock has never been higher, so might as well take your shot while you can.
Myles JackMyles Jack was once thought of as a lock to go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former UCLA linebacker was not one of the 31 players who heard their names called during the first round Thursday night. The former Bruins’ star admitted before the draft that he might need microfracture surgery on his knee. Jack missed most of the 2015 college football season after tearing his lateral meniscus during a September practice. Jack is considered one of the top prospects remaining in the draft. He tweeted out the following video, an apparent message to any of his doubters. pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016The second round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel will undergo surgery on his left knee – injured Feb. 12 at Florida – on Tuesday by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.James will operate on Noel to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament, which will take Noel six to eight months to fully recover. Scott Mair of University of Kentucky Sports Medicine will observe and coordinate Noel’s rehabilitation process, according to ESPN.com.Before Noel suffered the injury against the Florida Gators, the 6-foot-10 freshman was projected as a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, which influenced his decision when to have the surgery. He was leading the nation with 106 blocks before getting hurt.“Due to the unique timetable for Nerlens’ recovery in regards to the NBA Draft deadline, the University of Kentucky and Noel’s family thought it was in his best interest to have his surgery performed by Dr. Andrews in Florida,” Kentucky athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy said in a statement.Having Andrews to perform the surgery allows Andrews the accessibility to communicate with NBA personnel regarding his post-surgery recovery since Andrews has strong ties to NBA franchises. Kentucky is prohibited from speaking with NBA teams.Wildcats coach John Calipari declined to comment on Noel’s return to the team when asked during a teleconference on Monday.Noel, who was initially expected to have to surgery within two to three weeks of the incident, will not be with team at the Southeastern Conference tournament beginning Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.“After talking with my family, I decided to schedule my surgery over spring break so I wouldn’t miss as much class,” Noel said in a statement. “I wish all my teammates luck in the SEC tournament and look forward to getting back to Lexington as soon as I can to begin my rehab and finish my school work.”The Wildcats have been inconsistent without Noel in their starting rotation, going 4-3 without him. They are currently 21-10 overall and 12-6 in SEC in play. They suffered a 30-point drilling to Tennessee in their first game without Noel, losing 88-58. But they managed to pull off three consecutive wins after the loss.Their inconsistent play had the reigning national champions on the bubble to reach the NCAA tournament until they defeated the Gators Saturday 61-57, which earned them a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. But they cannot afford a bad loss in the SEC tournament if they want to make it back NCAA tournament.
TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:economy, pnp, washington misick Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Nov 2015 – The PNP Administration in delivering a report on the fiscal performance of the country midway through the financial year touted success economically and socially; this came from Finance Minister Hon Washington Misick. Minister Misick was speaking in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.“My government has kept its promise to the people of these islands by effective stewardship of the economy, the banishment of structural budget deficit, empowerment through opportunities for all and the security of the future for the next generation.”The Minister says the TCI is in an enviable position as reflected up to September 30, 2015 and that tourism for the Caribbean is expected to grow, though slightly. As for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the growth rate was put at 4.1% by the head of finance for the country and said the country is outpacing forecasts. TCI has made significant gains from 2009 to 2015; Hon Misick revealed that real growth has surged from $522.8 million in 2009 to $594.1 million in 2015, which is a yearly average growth rate of 2.19%. As for the real GDP per capita was recorded at $14,500 in 2009 and is now at $16,200 in 2015 or a 1.9% growth rate annually. Hon Misick said that it is clear that his government’s financial policies are working. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
SDG&E customers outraged over summertime high usage charges Posted: August 15, 2018 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 SettingsThe outrage continues over how high SDG&E bills are in San Diego this summer. A number of viewers reached out to KUSI NEWS via email and Facebook to share stories of their bill doubling, even tripling in some cases.Retiree Frank Gibson has drawn his shutters and turned on his fan in effort to stay cool without using his AC. But even though Gibson conserves energy he was hit with a much bigger bill this month.KUSI NEWS learned about Gibson’s issues with SDG&E after he emailed Tuesday, explaining the rates on the KUSI NEWS at 6 weren’t the ones he was paying.That’s because these were the rates of SDG&E “Time of Use Plan” when Gibson and most others are on the Standard Plan which charges customers more per kilowatt hour depending on how much energy they use that month.Standard Plan:Tier one: 0-to-374 kilowatts of energy used = $0.27/kilowatt.Tier two: 375-to-1152 kilowatts of energy used = $0.48/kilowattTier three: 1153 kilowatts and more is considered “high usage,” which is $0.55/kilowattSDG&E follows state mandated rules which went into effect last November. Customers may not not have realized there are three tiers of payment on a standard SDG&E plan. SDG&E wants to remind people- they aren’t price gouging you; they’re following state rules. The utility company also encourages people to sign up for alerts, notifying them when they are about to enter into high-usage territory. It also offers other energy plans, they don’t follow the tiers but instead, the time of day a customer uses energy, which may save the customer money.Gibson showed his bill from June that was just under $70. By July it had nearly doubled. He is not alone in his frustration. Members Facebook group “Santee Ca Today’s Current News and Information” lashed out at Tuesday’s report, one person writing:“This tier system is a crock. We just got our bill today and it was $906 for a 2 person household and we’re both at work all day!!! $272 was a fine for high usage. Gimme a break, we’re living in 100 degree heat non-stop.”Another wrote:“I keep the thermostat at 79-81, all light bulbs are LED, I do one load of laundry a week, only after 7:30PM. If it’s after dark and below 72, I use box fans to blow/suck air to cool the house. And the bill was STILL over $800!! What the hell is going on with SDGE?!”In response SDG&E:“Every year, electricity prices rise in the summer time (per the California Public Utilities Commission summer months are June 1 – October 31) as energy demand from homes and businesses rises across the state. As energy demand goes up, prices tend to increase, similar to other markets. This year, there is also a state-mandated High Usage Charge that gets applied to a customers’ bill when they use four times more energy than the average amount of energy needed to run a household. This average is also known as the baseline allowance, which varies by season and climate zone. Not all pricing plans we offer have baseline allowances and customers can choose a plan that best fits their energy needs.“Per state law, SDG&E does not profit off the sale of electricity to our customers. In other words, the electricity we purchase for our customers is a direct passthrough to their bills, SDG&E does not profit from that transaction. Our earnings come from the infrastructure system required to meet our customers’ energy needs. The power grid is growing more complex each year as our customers have new choices and energy needs. For example, the power grid must be able to support a growing number of electric vehicles and private rooftop solar systems.“At SDG&E, we are committed to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to every family and business we serve. Currently, 45 percent of the electricity we deliver to our customers comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind. The national average among utilities is 8 percent. We are committed to ensuring every family and business we serve has reliable energy to keep the lights on, cool their homes, and power their lives. In fact, we delivered industry-leading reliability for our customers for the past 11 years straight years. ” Ashlie Rodriguez, August 15, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Micciche: “130 people showed up for that meeting, and now we have community members coming to Juneau to help the administration understand that closing down Wildwood does not save money it actually costs the state money.” Micciche: “It’s a great statement from the community. I have never had this number of people come down on their own dime, these are not people with a lot of money,these are folks that realize that the community partnership with Wildwood is working. The partnership is stopping recidivism, turning lives around, and it is remarkably successful.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy’s plan to close a major portion of Wildwood Correctional Complex could have a major economic impact on the Kenai Peninsula. Roughly $12.8 million of the savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska. The other savings would come from closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. The Department of Corrections made the announcement to employees at Wildwood via email shortly after Governor Dunleavy unveiled his upcoming budget plan. Correctional officers, former inmates, and staff at Wildwood Correctional Facility flooded the Borough Chambers to testify against the proposed closures at Wildwood prior to a town hall meeting in February. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), has continually challenged the plan to close parts of Wildwood. Over the last week a number of Kenai Peninsula residents have flown to Juneau to advocate for Wildwood as well. According to budget documents, the move would eliminate 46 jobs and save the state roughly $6 million. Sarah Gallagher, Public Information Officer with DOC: “46 jobs will be impacted, but it is our goal to work with those individuals who wish to stay working within the Department of Corrections.”