Reynolds conducting national search for new DNR director

first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds says she’s conducting a national search to find a new director for the Department of Natural Resources. On May 1st of last year, Chuck Gipp retired after seven years as the agency’s leader. Bruce Trautman has been the department’s acting director for the past 12 months.“Bruce has been the deputy for quite some time,” Reynolds says. “He’s doing a good job over there and instead of working on someone else’s timeline, I want to make sure we get the right person.” The governor says it’s a big agency with a wide variety of responsibilities and that has complicated the process of finding a new director.“We have a great story to tell. This is a beautiful state. We have a lot of opportunities and need to really be able to address both ag concerns, business concerns and environmental concerns as well.” There’s been an acting director leading the state’s prison system since the previous director retired December 27th. Reynolds says after a national search, she’ll be interviewing prospects for that job in the next few weeks.last_img read more

Thurston County Groups Welcome 3-2 Stryker Brigade Home

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of LaceyMore than 4,000 soldiers returning from Afghanistan’s “Operation Enduring Freedom” will receive an enthusiastic South Sound welcome during a February 4 ceremony at Lacey’s Saint Martin’s University. Members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division, also known as the “Arrowhead Brigade,” are finishing a year-long tour of duty in that region. The brigade is under the command of Colonel Charles “Chuck” Webster, Jr.“These brave military personnel are integral members of both Lacey and the greater South Sound community,” commented Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson. “We want to recognize their outstanding service to our country and extend a warm welcome home.”Voice for the Army – Support for the SoldierThe event, which is not open to the public to ensure enough space for the 3-2 Stryker Brigade soldiers and their families, runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the university’s Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center. The event will feature appearances by local elected officials and military dignitaries, a buffet lunch, and entertainment, including an appearance by the Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals. The festivities are being organized by the Captain Meriwether Lewis Lacey Subchapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the third largest employer in Washington. Saint Martin’s University has an extension campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where it has served active military students and their dependents for more than 40 years.“We are very pleased to have these fine soldiers home and we truly appreciate the Lacey community for helping us honor them,” said Carlene Joseph, AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter President. “We’re looking forward to showing the 3-2 SBCT how much we care about them and to simply show our gratitude for their service.”For more information, contact Carlene Joseph at (253) 312-9279 or read more

San Francisco Giants: 10 early surprises

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It is human nature to rush to conclusions.It’s easy to judge a player from a small sample size or race to a decision about a team from its first 10 games. But baseball, as the cliché goes, is a marathon and not a sprint.If a 162-game schedule was instead a 26.2-mile course, the Giants would be a little more than two miles in right now. They’re just getting used to the race conditions and still feeling out the course.That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t draw big-picture …last_img read more

New overtime threshold takes effect

first_img19 March 2003Employees who earn more than R115 575 per annum will, from 24 March, not be guaranteed overtime payment by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.However, the Department of Labour says overtime payments for such employees can still be made if agreement is reached between employer and employee.Labour Department spokesman Snuki Zikalala said the move by the department aims to enable workers who earn less than R115 572 per annum to qualify automatically for overtime pay.The earnings threshold, which applies to both the public and private sector, is the wage level above which employees are excluded from the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act relating to the payment of overtime. The new threshold represents a R16 117 a year increase on the old level.The Act stipulates that overtime must be paid at 1.5 times the employee’s normal wage, with the option that an employee may agree to paid time off in return for overtime work.Senior management employees, employees engaged as sales staff who travel to the premises of customers and who regulate their own hours of work, and employees who work less than 24 hours a month, remain excluded from these overtime provisions.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

America’s highest award for Tutu

first_img13 August 2009US President Barack Obama, presenting America’s highest civilian honour to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, said the Nobel Peace Laureate exemplified “that sense of generosity, that spirit of unity, that essence of humanity that South Africans know simply as ubuntu.”Tutu was one of 16 people to receive the 2009 US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.These included British physicist Stephen Hawking, American actor Sidney Poitier, tennis great Billie Jean King, former Irish President Mary Robinson, Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus, and (posthumously) US gay rights activist Harvey Milk.On receiving the medal from Obama, Tutu said the honour belonged to all South Africans who fought to free their country from apartheid. “I am standing out only because millions of my compatriots are carrying me on their shoulders.”Obama said in his presentation speech that Tutu had “stirred the world’s conscience for decades.“The glint in the eye and the lilt in the voice are familiar to us all,” Obama said. “But the signature quality of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, says Nelson Mandela, is a readiness to take unpopular stands without fear.“Perhaps that explains what led the Arch, as he’s known, to preach amid tear-gas and police dogs, rallying a people against apartheid. And later, when a free South Africa needed a heart big enough to forgive its sins, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was called to serve once more, as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“Tribune of the downtrodden, voice of the oppressed, cantor of our conscience, Desmond Tutu possesses that sense of generosity, that spirit of unity, that essence of humanity that South Africans know simply as ubuntu.”Tutu said he and his wife Leah were humbled by “the extraordinary symbolism of a former South African township urchin receiving the United States’ highest civilian honour from the first African American to occupy the White House.”Obama’s ascension to the Oval Office “has not only brought hope to America, but to a world grappling with massive challenges including global warming, global recession, poverty, prejudice and HIV/Aids.“We are honoured that in these trying times the President saw fit to salute the contribution South Africans have made to deepen the world’s understanding of peace, justice and reconciliation.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mizoram Speaker Hiphei resigns, to join BJP

first_imgMizoram Speaker Hiphei on Monday said he had resigned from his post, the House as well as the Congress and would join the BJP later in the day, just a little over three weeks ahead of the Assembly elections.The seven-time Congress legislator said he submitted his resignation letter to Deputy Speaker R. Lalrinawma, who accepted it. From there, he went to the Congress Bhavan to resign from the primary membership of the party.He is the fifth Congress MLA to resign from the 40-member House since September.Mizoram, the only State in the Northeast under the Congress rule, will go to the polls on November 28.In Guwahati, convener of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said Mr. Hiphei (81) will join the saffron party in his presence in Mizoram capital Aizawl.“He is a very senior leader. His joining the saffron party will greatly strengthen the organisation,” Mr. Sarma, who is also Assam Finance Minister, said.The senior BJP leader, however, did not comment on whether the party will field Mr. Hiphei from any constituency in the coming Assembly polls.The Congress had named Mr. Hiphhei as its candidate for the Palak constituency, but replaced him with party general secretary K.T. Rokhaw last week following reports that he might move to the BJP.last_img read more

CARPHA Observes World AIDS Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TrinidadandTobago, December 1, 2017 –   The Caribbean remains the sub-region with the second highest estimated adult HIV prevalence (1.3% Adults 15-49 years, 2016[1]).   Available data indicates that new infections in the Caribbean appear to be stabilizing (0.47/1,000 population, 20161), and AIDS deaths are decreasing.   Nevertheless, challenges remain, and key populations such as female sex workers, transgender persons, men who have sex with men and young persons, continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic.CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales said,  “While high incidences of HIV persist among key populations, significant gains have been made in prevention in the Region.   Six CARPHA Member States (CMS) have been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the dual elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis.”The theme for World AIDS Day 2017 is Everybody Counts.   End AIDS.   Observed every year on December 1st, World AIDS Day calls for increased awareness, education and greater understanding of HIV as a global public health issue.    To end HIV transmission, the focus should be on HIV combination prevention, early detection and access to antiretroviral treatment.CARPHA has spent the last three years identifying activities that focus on reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on key populations (KP) by identifying and addressing the barriers that KPs living with HIV must overcome to obtain adequate health care.Dr Cheryl Jones, Behavioural Scientist at CARPHA explains, “The approach for addressing this issue is multifaceted and includes building capacity and a detailed understanding of the needs of KPs among health educators, health care service providers and communities of KPs.   The initial focus was to gain input from health promotion specialists in CMS on the development of a regional behavioural sciences agenda that seeks to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and all related public health concerns in the region.   Secondly, clinicians from five CMS participated in a workshop that sought to facilitate clinician centered behaviour change along the HIV Cascade of Care.   Thirdly, the most recent and, perhaps, most telling phase has been building the capacity of civil society organizations (CSO) by providing technical support in the development of a technical brief to be delivered to ministries of health.”It was noted that public health professionals do not always leverage KP communities’ ability to improve their health, in addition, the CSOs can reach KPs that may regard ministries and other non-governmental agencies as ‘unsafe’ or intimidating. Building the capacity of CSOs in developing technical briefs was seen as an important initiative as CSOs can be very strong representatives, allies and gatekeepers for KPs.   When their ability to collect and analyze data/information for the development of technical papers that support the needs of their communities is enhanced, there is an increased potential for the collection of evidence-based information to inform policy and advocacy.“We have made great strides and need to continue combining our efforts if we want to End AIDS,” stated Dr. Hospedales.    “It is therefore critical for us to have a multisectoral commitment, close collaboration with communities, and investment in sustainable prevention to end AIDS.   By strengthening participation and working together we can end this epidemic.”Let us all play a greater role in advocacy, let us fight against stigma and discrimination, and support those affected and prevent others from being infected. We all count.   Let us End AIDS.Press Release: CARPHA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

UPDATE More Than 25000 Runners Participate In 2018 Edition Of The Houston

first_img– / 7More than 25,000 runners are participating this Sunday in the 2018 edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon.According to the event’s organizing committee, more than 11,000 people signed up to participate in the marathon and over 16,000 did the same for the half marathon.  Besides, approximately 250,000 fans are expected to line the course, according to Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee.Ethiopian runner Bazu Worku won the full marathon men’s race, accomplishing his third victory in the Houston Marathon, while Jake Robertson –from New Zealand– got the victory in the men’s half marathon.As for the women’s races, Biruktayit Degefa, from Ethiopia, won in the full marathon and Ruti Aga, who is also an Ethiopian runner, obtained the victory in the half marathon competition.Also in the women’s half marathon, Molly Huddle broke the USA’s record.The races are the largest single-day sporting event in the city. Sharelast_img read more