Although this weekend was a damp and dismal, more summer-like conditions will arrive later this weekend just in time for the all important Memorial Day Weekend. Until then, a blocking pattern will continue to keep us unsettled for Monday and Tuesday. It will remain on the cloudy side with a few scattered showers, even a t’storm possible. Temperatures will moderate each day as we shake off this pesky upper low pressure system. Wednesday & Thursday will most likely be the warmest days as we finally break through with plenty of sunshine and winds generally from the west. Temperatures will rise into the upper 70s (80s inland). As we move into the Memorial Day Weekend, it looks like it will remain mainly dry. Only fly in the ointment would be a backdoor front this weekend that could push through and keep temperatures cooler Friday and Saturday with the threat of a few scattered showers or t’storm. If this happens, a more northeasterly flow would keep temperatures in the 60s to around 70 Friday and Saturday. We will watch this as the week progresses but overall we are looking for a great stretch of weather.Monday: Mostly cloudy, few showers, afternoon t’storm possible.Temp: mid 60s.Wind: NE 8-13 mphTuesday: Clouds, some sun, few showers.Temp: upper 60s.Wind: WNW 7-11 mphWednesday & Thursday: Sunshine, warmer.Temp: upper 70sFriday: Sun & Clouds, possible shower. Onshore winds developingTemp: low 70s.Saturday: Breezy, cooler.Temp: upper 60sSunday & Memorial Day: Looking Dry, warmer.Temp: mid 70s
Parents have been horrified at groups coming in to schools and undermining the role and values of parents with sex education resources targeted at children as young as five which fail to take into account the emotional and physical development of each child and the values of the family. The government is currently pursuing and promoting a curriculum where children are given dangerous messages that they’re sexual from birth, that the proper time for sexual activity is when they feel ready, and that they have rights to pleasure, birth control, and abortion. Most schools, along with parents in that school community, are rejecting the extreme elements of the new sexuality education guidelines released at the end of 2015, including ‘gender identity’ ideology. In a poll released earlier this year, almost 4 out of 5 parents said they were confident of their ability to teach their own children about sex and sexuality issues, and 2/3’rds believed that parents should be determining any school-based teaching, not the government or groups such as Family Planning and Rainbow Youth. Studies show that the biggest protective factors for coping with puberty and sexual involvement are family values, parental supervision, and parental expectations for behaviour. What happens at home is the greatest determinant of the outcomes for the young person. Parents can feel overawed by this issue and the need for ‘the sex talk’, so resources should be put into giving them the confidence to educate their children.READ MORE: www.JustTheFacts.org.nz
Sunman Dearborn Invitational Middle School Track results from (5/7)Girls:Batesville 151Sunman Dearborn 112Greensburg 105Greendale 72South Dearborn 42.5Connersville 37.5Franklin County 34Benjamin Rush 30Shot Put-2 Veronica King (29’)Discus-3 Veronica King (75’2”) 4 Makayla Granger (73’3”)High Jump-4 Carley Pride (4’4”)Long Jump-4 Madelyn Pohlman (14’6.5”)Pole Vault-3 Nadine Davis (6’) 6 Jada Day (6”)100M Hurdles-7 Cora Deputy (19.38)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.35) 3 Elena Kuisel (13.84)200M-2 Nadine Davis (28.70) 3 Elena Kuisel (28.72)400M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (1:03.88) 3 Jenna Honnert (1:07.78)800M-1 Kaylynn Bedel (2:45.36) 5 Kaylie Raver (2:51.65)1600M-1 Ava Hanson (5:47.66) 3 Kaylie Raver (6:10.57)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Madelyn Pohlman (54.58)800M Relay-2 BMS Jenna Honnert, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Cora Deputy (2:00.55)1600M Relay-2 BMS Lizzy Nobbe, Jenna Honnert, Ava Hanson, Margaret Wilson (4:44.45)3200M Relay-1 BMS Kaylynn Bedel, Kaylie Raver, Jada Day, Ava Hanson (10:51.89)MADELYN POHLMAN WON THE CONFERENCE MVP!!!!Boys:Sunman Dearborn 126.5Connersville 104Greensburg 103Batesville 86Greendale 64.5Benjamin Rush 48Franklin County 29South Dearborn 20Shot Put-6 Blake Hon (34’11”)Discus-5 Blake Hon (92’8”)Long Jump-2 Will Sherwood (17’6.5”) 5 Seth Pierson (16’11”)110M Hurdles-4 Trenton Kincade (19.07)100M-8 Evan Williamson (12.61)200M-3 Evan Williamson (25.10)400M-2 Will Sherwood (57.83)800M-4 Emi Lopez (2:24.97) 5 Eli Loichinger (2:25.45)1600M-2 Eli Loichinger (5:18.35) 5 Jake Chapman (5:28.36)400M Relay-1 BMS Evan Williamson, Will Sherwood, Trenton Kincade , Seth Pierson (50.30)1600M Relay-3 BMS Will Sherwood, Emi Lopez, Seth Pierson, Otto Hund (4:11.73)3200M Relay-3 BMS Isaac Kramer, Jake Chapman, Emi Lopez, Eli Loichinger (10:10.71)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
The Griqua Town 200 R5 coin, released by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on 12 January, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the creation of the first coinage in South Africa.The newly issued collector’s Griqua Town R5 coin features an image of the original 1815 Griquatown coin, engraved with the words “Coinage of Griqua Town 200. 1815 – 2015”. The other side of the coin bears the South African coat of arms and the acronym, SARB. (Image: South African Mint)As the first town to be established north of the Orange River, Griekwastad, or Griquatown as it is sometimes known in English, is one of the country’s most important foundation towns. It was a stopover on the trade route and so was important for commerce throughout the history of the country. The town, 168 kilometres north of Kimberley, is also known for its abundance of semi-precious stones.The Griqua currency became the first South African currency in 1815, according to the Reserve Bank. It also became the country’s first decimal coinage and the world’s first Christian Missionary coinage.The town is considered an important missionary town, and was the home of Scottish minister Robert Moffat, who wrote the first Sesotho translation of the bible.The R5 coin features an image of the original 1815 Griquatown coin, engraved with the words “Coinage of Griqua Town 200. 1815 – 2015”. The other side of the coin bears the South African coat of arms and the acronym, SARB.Please Retweet: @SAReserveBank commemorative R5 coin celebrating 200 years of coinage https://t.co/8VBxHwevF7 pic.twitter.com/Fn2IQTFi29— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) January 12, 2016The Griqua Town R5 coin is the fourth commemorative R5 issued by the Reserve Bank since the first bi-metallic R5 was introduced in 2004. Other notable commemorative coins include the 2008 Nelson Mandela 90th birthday coin and the 20th anniversary of democracy coin, issued in 2014.The coin, with its bronze-coloured centre and a silver-coloured border, includes security features such as the serrated and grooved edges and micro-lettering. These features are still part of the Griqua coin.The Griqua coin will be part of normal circulation and will be considered legal tender, alongside other R5 coins already in circulation throughout the country. According to the Reserve Bank, the coin has a face value of R5; it encourages the public to recirculate the coins.For coin collectors, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SARB, has issued special Griqua Town Coin Sets which include R5 non-circulation coins. The sets include R2 silver crowns, R2 gold coins and R5 regular circulation coins. These sets are available at the Mint in Centurion, Gauteng.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
South Africa’s unemployment rate fell to 25% in the second quarter of the year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said yesterday. “The unemployment rate decreased by 1.4% to 25% between the first and second quarters of 2015,” statistician-general Pali Lehohla said as he released the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the period. According to Lehohla, since 2011, there has been growth in employment even though it fluctuates. The QLFS showed that unemployment declined by 305 000 on a quarterly basis. It found that South Africa’s working age population was at 36 million, with 15.7 million being employed, 5.2 million being unemployed and 15.1 million being not economically active. The formal sector accounted for the largest share of employment at 69.2%, while agriculture accounted for the lowest share at 5.6%. Employment growth was largely supported by a rise of 177 000 jobs in the informal sector on a quarterly basis. Employment in the formal sector of the economy increased by 39 000. According to the report, large quarterly gains were seen in the community and social services at 98 000, construction at 79 000 and trade at 73 000 industries. Job losses were recorded in the finance, manufacturing and agriculture industries at 31 000, 23 000 and 22 000, respectively. Around 16% of the not economically active population was accounted for by discouraged work-seekers, while more than 80% were due to other reasons, such as student and home-maker. Source: SAnews.gov
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In the loaded Big 12, Texas Tech has been an afterthought. Coming into tonight’s game with No. 9 Iowa State, the Red Raiders were 0-6 in conference play, but Tubby Smith’s team jumped all over the star-studded Cyclones from the get-go. Tech opened up a 19-point lead at one point, but Iowa State came back to cut the lead to three with 23 seconds left. Iowa State would never get closer than that. Tech’s Devaugntah Williams hit two free throws to extend the lead to five, and as the final buzzer sounded, hundreds of Texas Tech fans flooded the court and mobbed the team.
A revised selection mechanism for the beneficiary identification system (BIS) under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), will be submitted to Cabinet for approval shortly. This was disclosed by Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who informed that the new system “takes full note of some issues that were identified and seeks to make the selection process much more robust.” “While we seek to expand the gains of the social protection strategy that has already been implemented, the Ministry must maintain the current system to ensure its integrity,” he said. The Minister was speaking at the signing for a $2.77 billion (US$30 million) loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to establish the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme. The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston, on December 13. He pointed out that the Ministry will be undertaking the mandatory re-certification of families that have been on PATH for over four years. “This process will begin in February 2013. A total of approximately 32,000 families are to be re-certified,” Mr. Kellier pointed out. The BIS selects persons for registration to PATH. To date, 410,000 beneficiaries in 135,000 families have been registered under the programme.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has gotten approval from the Peace River Regional District Board to sign an agreement to provide fire protection services to the consortium responsible for building a major component of the Site C dam.According to a letter to the PR Board from Protective Services Director Jim Rogers, the City was approached earlier this year by the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC partnership – which won the contract to build the generating station and spillways at Site C – to provide the consortium with fire protection and rescue services for a five-year term while the component of the dam is being built.He said that staff began preliminary discussions in March, and in late May began negotiations with AFDE about the range of services that would be provided, along with the pricing. The Fort St. John Fire Department is the only fire department north of Prince George that is listed as a rescue provider under the BC Construction Safety Alliance Technical High Angle Rope Rescue Program that can provide the Tower Crane & high angle rescue services that were being requested by AFDE.Rogers explained that the proposed agreement is similar to those that the City signed with ATCO and Tembec, under which the Fort St. John Fire Department currently provides fire protection services to the worker accommodation camp at Site C, and formerly provided services to Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp.In a closed meeting on June 25th, Fort St. John City Council approved a motion to have a letter sent to the PRRD Board asking the Board’s permission to enter into an agreement with AFDE, similar to what was previously done when the City entered into agreements with ATCO and Tembec.However, at the PRRD’s Board meeting on June 28th, Chair and Electoral Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling voiced opposition to the request, citing concerns about the agreement’s impact on the Mutual Aid Agreement between the City and the Regional District.During the discussion, Sperling stated that his opposition was based on a lack of notice from the City about the agreement, and that there was nothing in the letter from Fort St. John’s Acting City Manager David Joy that addressed the Mutual Aid Agreement.Despite a request from Director Byron Stewart, the PRRD Board declined to hear Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows – who was present at the meeting – come forward to explain the request. The Board then voted against granting permission to the City. At last Thursday’s meeting, the Board then discussed Rogers’ letter that further detailed the proposal, which would see the PRRD compensated for the Charlie Lake Fire Department attending to assist with a fire if the Fort St. John Fire Department were called out to a fire at the dam construction site.Footage from both Board meetings can be found at the two links below.http://prrd.bc.ca/board/agendas/2018/2018-20-247804065/AGENDA.htmlhttps://prrd.wistia.com/medias/6tjj92nieg
Mumbai: Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti was transferred on Sunday after the Election Commission (EC) asked the Maharashtra government to shift him, an official said. Bharti became the city’s joint commissioner of police (law and order) in April 2015 and was the longest serving officer on the post. The Maharashtra government had earlier sent a proposal to EC for continuing Bharti on the post, but it was rejected. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The EC directed the state government on Saturday to shift Bharti following which he transferred, a senior official told PTI, adding that his new posting was yet to be decided. Meanwhile, a search for Bharti’s successor was on, he said, adding that the post will be filled soon. The 1994-batch IPS officer conducted investigations in several high-profile cases, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and journalist J Dey’s killing. He was also instrumental in breaking the backbone of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen in the state.