Takeaways: Why it’s OK to feel like the Sharks are turning a corner

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks will be heading into Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers feeling as good about themselves and their game as they have all season.Still, even after the Sharks put forth what was their most complete and compelling victory Saturday, there is a certain reality they can’t escape.“Big win, but we’re still where we’re at. We’re still 7-10-1 now,” Logan Couture said after the Sharks’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators. “Still got to claw our way back to …last_img

Bow tie wearing teacher tackles education inequalities

first_imgFounder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin              Play Your Part programme is Brand South Africa’s nationwide programme that encourages active citizenship and looks to impact the country positively in order to fulfil the bigger picture of building a positive Nation Brand.Active citizenship means people get involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns and cities to nationwide projects and dedicating their own time/resources / talents to contribute to their local communities.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every individual to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate.Founder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin, is a teacher who is originally from Toronto, Canada.  He is a fashion activist who is on a mission to fight for social justice and he is using bow ties to achieve this.Earlier this year the Bow Tie Challenge was launched.  The Bowtie Challenge is a fund-raising initiative that was born as a result of his passion for teaching, interest in fashion and desire to make a difference in his local community.  Chris pledged to wear a different bow tie every day for 365 days a year starting January 1st, 2018.“As an international teacher, I have come across educational inequalities in every country where I have taught and I have always wondered what I could do to make difference in the lives of these children”.South Africa has some of the highest levels of socio-economic inequality in the world, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the educational system across South Africa.  Statistics South Africa also show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds spend an average of 3 years less time in school than their privileged counterparts.Also, fewer of these children are put into early childhood development programmes – which we know to be fundamental to a child’s education and development.  The situation feeds youth unemployment, and contributes to general instability in the country, as millions of South Africans cannot afford to buy food or access healthcare, decent sanitation and other essentials of a dignified life.Chris is using the campaign to raise awareness about the importance of education and to raise funds for Afrika Tikkun. Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from underprivileged communities in South Africa with high-quality education and development from cradle to career.Ensuring quality education is a national priority. The National Development Plan describes education as a key lever to improving the quality of life in a society. Education improves the overall skills and abilities of the workforce, leading to greater productivity which contributes to economic growth.Chris is collaborating with some of South Africa’s up and coming designers who will help design the bow ties.  He says this is to help support local businesses and give the designers exposure. Meet local designer ShwezuShwezu have designed a bow tie especially for the campaign in the colours of the South African flag.“When approached with the opportunity to design and produce a range of bow ties for this initiative, we didn’t hesitate for a second. Not only is it fun, colourful, creative and inspiring but it also resonates with Shwezu.co.za‘s ultimate aim – to contribute to the growth and prosperity of our nation. For this reason, we only use local materials and producers to create our unique Shwezu Shweshwe bow ties and other products. We strongly believe that by acquiring new skills (e.g. fashion design and sewing) through a good education, the youth of South Africa have the ability to unlock countless opportunities to grow and thrive.”Shwezu is an online store for South African inspired fashion, shoes, bags, accessories and gifts all tied together by one common denominator, Shweshwe – the iconically South African fabric.How to get involvedDonate to The Bow Tie Challenge via http://thetravelingeducator.com/2017/09/the-bowtie-challengeShare the Challenge on social media to raise awareness about the inequalities of education in South AfricaJoin the challenge, upload a photo of yourself wearing a bow tie to any social media platform #bowtiechallengeFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/thebowtiechallenge/?ref=bookmarksTwitter – https://twitter.com/bowtiechallengeInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/the.bow.tie.challenge/last_img read more

Omnibus spending bill includes several provisions for agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. agriculture was closely watching a congressional omnibus appropriations bill this week that contains a number of provisions connected to farms. The $1.3 trillion federal spending bill was passed by Congress and signed into law (though somewhat reluctantly due to its dollar figures) by President Donald J. Trump on March 23.“The omnibus spending plan…contains a number of our priorities at USDA.  Fixing the so-called ‘grain glitch’ 199A problem is simply an issue of fairness. We should not be picking winners and losers through the federal tax code by favoring one side over another. Additionally, improving the way we fund wildfire suppression will help us better manage our forests,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “If we ensure that we have adequate resources for forest management, we can mitigate the frequency and severity of future fire seasons. Increased support for broadband Internet access is in line with Administration goals and will be an important boost as we look to improve the economy in rural America. Finally, the omnibus clears away red tape for participants in conservation programs by exempting them from having to obtain SAM and DUNS numbers. These were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families.”The omnibus bill includes provisions on:Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA) reporting: A provision would relieve livestock producers of the emissions reporting requirements under CERCLA, protecting 200,000 farms and ranches around the country. Many livestock organizations have been urging affiliates and members to support stand-alone legislation in the House and Senate that would also exempt agricultural producers from CERCLA reporting requirements.Electronic logging devices: The bill includes a provision that would grant livestock haulers an exemption from ELDs until September 30, 2018. A further delay will provide the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) more time to educate our livestock haulers on the ELDs while industry works on solutions to the current Hours of Service rules that do not currently work for those truckers driving livestock across the nation. In September of 2017 allied groups petitioned the Department of Transportation for ELD waiver and asked Congress to support one-year delay of ELD implementation for livestock haulers. In November of 2017 a 90-day waiver from ELD implementation was secured. In March of 2018 there was another successful petition for 90-day wavier from ELD implementation.Section 199A: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December of 2017 was meant to spur economic growth across the entire American economy, including the agriculture sector, and its positive results can already be felt. However, the unintended consequences of Section 199A, originally designed to preserve benefits for cooperatives and their patrons, disadvantaged the independent operators in the same industry. Many members of the agriculture community began to raise questions about the potential market effects on cooperatives and independent grain-related businesses. The solution passed by Congress, to equalize federal tax treatment of cooperatives and non-cooperates, is overwhelmingly supported throughout the agriculture community.Broadband funding: According to the Federal Communications Commission, 80% of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable high-speed Internet are in rural areas. The Omnibus bill included $600 million in appropriated funding for a new pilot grant and loan combination program, administered by the USDA, to provide broadband to under-served rural and tribal areas. This investment will leverage nearly $1 billion in total new rural broadband projects.Additionally, the FY18 Omnibus included robust funding levels for rural infrastructure. The $1 billion in allocated funds will equate to $4.7 billion more rural infrastructure projects than were funded last year. The total FY18 investment in rural communities’ infrastructure through USDA programs will total $13.5 billion. Finally, the Forest Service will also receive a total of $449 million in appropriations for the rehabilitation of its infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and dams.The bill includes full funding — $300 million — for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that has a significant impact on Ohio and agriculture in the state.Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), was pleased with the bill.“The omnibus spending bill includes a number of positive developments for cattlemen and women, including language that would prevent 200,000 farms and ranches from being regulated like toxic waste sites, delay the implementation of electronic logging devices for livestock haulers for another six months, and provide a critical fix for wildfire funding that also provides expedited authority to implement much-needed vegetation management on federal lands,” Woodall said. “We are also glad to see refinements to the tax code that address the 199A issue. NCBA and our affiliates have been working closely with Congress to ensure the spending bill addresses issues of concern for U.S. ranchers and beef producers, and we are glad to see our policy priorities reflected in the legislation.”National Farmers Union (NFU), a family farm organization, recently opposed the proposed changes to the 199A tax provision. Its members passed a special order of business in support of Section 199A due to its value in improving the livelihood of farm families and in strengthening rural communities.“Farmers Union is deeply disappointed that Congress included harmful modifications to Section 199A in this must pass legislation. Reverting back to Section 199, in light of double-digit corporate tax relief, leaves farmers and their cooperatives worse off than prior to the passage of the Tax Reform and Jobs Act,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “There were meaningful bipartisan compromises to remedy challenges associated with 199A that would have ensured farmers and cooperatives were not worse off and that small private elevators were not disadvantaged. Those compromises were disregarded in favor of corporate interests.“Further, the Congressional Budget Office projects that these modifications in the omnibus would raise $100 million for the federal government, which will come out of the pockets of farmers and their cooperatives. Congress can and should do better for farm families and rural communities.”last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra to be on the hot seat in Kaun Banega Crorepati

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra will be soon seen in the new season of popular TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.The 32-year-old actress, who is promoting her next film ‘Mary Kom’, will feature in one of the upcoming episodes of ‘KBC Season 8’ as a celebrity contestant. However, its telecast date is still under wraps. This season of ‘KBC’ will go on air from August 17 on Sony Entertainment channel.She will feature in one of the upcoming episodes of KBC Season 8 as a celebrity contestant.Priyanka had earlier appeared on the show with actress Kareena Kapoor in the third season which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Priyanka’s upcoming film is based on the life of Olympic boxer Mary Kom.The biographical sports drama film directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is set to release on September 5.last_img read more

Liverpool CEO unsure about Coutinho

first_imgTransfers I have no crystal ball – Liverpool CEO unsure of Coutinho future Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 18:37 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) coutinho-cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Barcelona Primera División Philippe Coutinho The Brazil international was wanted by Barcelona in the summer but the club supremo is unsure if he will remain at Anfield Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore is unsure if Philippe Coutinho will still be at the club after the January transfer window, saying he has “no crystal ball”.The Brazil international was the subject of interest from Barcelona during the close-season and reportedly tried to force a move through.Liverpool stood firm on that occasion and managed to keep hold of the talented attacking midfielder, though there are no assurances that Barca will not come back in for him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the club’s CEO cannot guarantee that Coutinho – who scored a hat-trick in Wednesday’s 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow – will remain.3 – Philippe Coutinho has scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in all competitions. Sublime.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Speaking to Sky Sports, Moore said: “[On Wednesday] I saw a player delighted to score a hat-trick in front of 54,000 fans. It’s all about Philippe on the pitch right now.”As far as I’m concerned the squad in January is what we have. I have no crystal ball.”But Moore highlighted that Liverpool’s recruitment team are doing a good job, pointing to the purchases of Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.”From the perspective of competing, we do things the Liverpool way,” Moore said.”The chemistry that we build on the field – it’s not about buying the most expensive player.Philippe Coutinho Liverpool“We haven’t been shy [in terms of spending]. Obviously, the Mohamed Salah purchase for many people has been the top acquisition of the season.”We already have Naby Keita coming and I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is doing a tremendous job.”The investments are being made. It’s hard to knock what you are seeing on the field right now.”In the long run, though, Moore has certain expectations in mind for Liverpool, demanding them to become consistent challengers for European honours.”We need to be a contender for the Champions League year in, year out,” he added.”We need to be in the top four every year. But this club exists to win trophies. It’s what our fans deserve.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more