IOC’s Bach: Refugees will be honoured at Rio

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP): A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world’s migrants, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said yesterday. On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21. “We want to turn the attention of the world to the fate and the problems of the 60 million refugees in our world and their suffering,” Bach said. He visited the refugee camp in Athens, played football with a group of young men, and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as refugee athletes at the Rio Games. “They have no hope, no flag to march behind, and no anthem,” Bach said. “We have invited them to participate, and these athletes will march behind the Olympic flag” at the August 5 opening ceremony. Bach said he expected between five and 10 refugee athletes to qualify for the Olympics. He said he spoke to two potential Olympic competitors in Athens, who could compete in shooting events and karate. The IOC has already pledged US$2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes. Three athletes found The IOC said in December that three potential Olympic athletes had been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants. Greece has been hard hit by the migration crisis that escalated dramatically in 2015 when more than 850,000 travelled in dinghies and mostly unsafe boats from Turkey to the Greek islands. Despite growing European pressure on Athens to toughen border controls, Bach described Greece’s assistance to refugees as “really extraordinary” and promised funds for planned sports facilities on the Greek island of Lesbos. Bach praised progress in Brazil’s Olympic preparations despite the country’s serious financial downturn and outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Brazil is in financial and political crisis, and is facing a great corruption scandal,” he said. “And under these circumstances, it is even more remarkable what the Brazilians have done.” Bach said the timing of the games, during Brazil’s winter, could limit difficulties caused by the virus outbreak, and he promised to have consultations with national Olympic Committees on safety guidelines by late today. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Bach said he would visit the marble Panathinian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.last_img read more

Gustav Nyquist picked the Sharks, now Erik Karlsson is on the clock

CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceBOSTON — Doug Wilson acquired Gustav Nyquist at a bargain basement price because the Swedish forward wanted to join the Sharks for the stretch and the playoffs. Sharks territory is hoping that his pal, Erik Karlsson, feels the same way about the organization now that he’s eligible to sign an eight-year contract extension with the team.Wilson capped off a remarkable 12-month run on Sunday when he swung a deal with the …

SA family planning above average: UN

first_img15 November 2012 Nearly two-thirds of South African women aged 15-49 are making use of modern contraceptives – in line with the average level for developed countries, and three times the average for sub-Saharan Africa – according to the State of World Population 2012 report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday.Contraception ‘an essential human right’ The report describes access to family planning – crucially including girls’ and women’s access to contraception – as an essential human right that not only supports other basic human rights, but also unlocks huge rewards for economic development. “Making voluntary family planning available to everyone in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care by US$11.3-billion annually,” the UNFPA said in a statement accompanying the release of the report on Wednesday. The UNFPA cited a recent study predicting that if Nigeria’s fertility rate fell by just one child per woman in the next 20 years, the country’s economy would grow by at least $30-billion. And the benefits, according to the UNFPA, are not just economic. The report finds that the costs of ignoring the right to family planning include poverty, exclusion, poor health and gender inequality. “Failing to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young people in Malawi, for example, contributed to high rates of unintended pregnancy and HIV. In the United States, the report showed that teenage motherhood reduces a girl’s chances of obtaining a high school diploma by up to 10 percent.”Reproductive health: South Africa’s figures Figures given in the report show that 60% of South African women aged between 15 and 49 make use of modern contraception, compared to averages of 20% for sub-Saharan Africa, 57% for the world, and 60% for the world’s more developed regions. South Africa’s “unmet need for family planning”, according to the report, stands at 14%, compared to averages of 25% for sub-Saharan Africa and 12% for the world. “Unmet need for family planning” is a measure of the number of sexually active women who would prefer to delay having a child but are not using any method of contraception. South Africa’s adolescent birth rate (per 1 000 women aged 15-19), which represents the risk of falling pregnant for adolescent women, stands at 54, slightly higher than the global average of 49 and less than half the sub-Saharan average of 120. The country also fares well for rate of births attending by skilled health workers, according to the report, with a rate of 91% well above the global average of 70% and nearly double the sub-Saharan average of 47%Human rights-based health care Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking at one of the Africa events marking the launch of the UNFPA report in Cape Town on Wednesday, said South Africa was committed to a human rights-based approach to the provision of health care. “We also recognise the significant impact of strengthening family planning, particularly in the context of climate change, sustainable development and poverty education.” Dlamini said South Africa was proud of the progress it was making in implementing the International Conference on Population Development programme of action, but acknowledged that there were still challenges. “[These include that] a considerable proportion of women in the world are still unable to exercise their sexual health and reproductive rights. Many still lack access to reproductive health and information,” Dlamini said. “They are victims of gender-based and sexual violence, which makes them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and Aids. This harms their health and denies them opportunities of a better life for themselves and their families.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Unverferth Introduces 60’ Boom for ATV Sprayer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc. announces the addition of a 60’ boom for its Top Air ATV sprayer for greater crop-spraying productivity.The new self-leveling 60’ boom features three-dimensional steel construction for maximum durability and front-folding design for compact transport.  The tool-free height-adjustable boom allows ground spraying clearance from 12” to 30”.  Outer wing sections feature a breakaway design for added protection and touchdown wheels to assist in boom clearance in uneven field conditions.The Top Air ATV sprayer features 200-gallon tank capacity, width-and length-adjustable axle design, cushioned tongue for operator comfort and durable powder-coat finish to resist corrosion. It’s also available with a 45-foot boom.The Top Air ATV sprayer also features a nine-gallon clean-water tank with storage container for added operator safety.  Its centrifugal spray pump is powered by a 5.5 HP Honda gas engine for reliable operation.It performs like a full-size sprayer with features including tank agitation for proper chemical suspension, highly visible tank volume indicator, three-section boom with electronic ball valves,15” or 20” tip spacings and electronic rate controller.Options include foam marker with dual-canister design, fence row nozzle kit for more accurate spraying at the field’s edge, transport light kit and rate controller options.Growers are encouraged to check with their nearest Top Air dealer or visit for complete details.Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc. is a family owned manufacturer and marketer of tillage, seed, hay- and grain-handling equipment along with pull-type sprayers, fertilizer applicators and agricultural dual, triple and specialty wheel products. For additional information, contact Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc., P.O. Box 357, Kalida, OH  45853. Phone 419-532-3121 or visit the website at read more

Agricultural fertilizer certification training offered before Sept. 30 deadline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio farmers who still need to get fertilizer certification before the Sept. 30 deadline will have more than 20 opportunities to attend training sessions offered by experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The training, provided by Ohio State University Extension, fulfills the educational requirements of Ohio’s 2014 agricultural nutrients legislation which requires individuals who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017.Already, more than 17,000 Ohio farmers have gone through Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, or FACT, which offers information on best management practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yields, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.FACT was developed by CFAES field specialists and is offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The training provides research-based tactics to keep nutrients in the field and available to crops while increasing stewardship of nearby and downstream water resources.The training sessions will be held across the state into mid-September. The three-hour programs are all free. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.“The certification training will help farmers learn better practices to use fertilizer efficiently, improve yields and prevent the loss of nutrients,” Rose said. “There has been a lot of environmental concerns with fertilizer runoff from fields, with a particular focus on phosphorus.”The certification requirement is in response to concern that nutrients from farm fields contribute to algal blooms in Lake Erie and other bodies of water. The training focuses on growers applying fertilizer at the correct rate, time and location in the field.According to the nutrients law, fertilizer is defined as any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid form. Use of manure, start-up fertilizer applied through planters, and non-crop uses of fertilizer such as for lawn and landscape maintenance are exempt from the fertilizer certification regulations.In order to gain the Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification, farmers need to attend the FACT program in person and complete the necessary Ohio Department of Agriculture forms.Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend training to become certified for fertilizer applications, Rose said. However, those with a CCA or CLM exemption for training must still contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 to complete the exemption paperwork and pay for the fertilizer certification if the applicator does not already have a pesticide applicator license.Information on where the trainings are being held can be found at Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program provides training, education and outreach to pesticide applicators about the safe, effective and legal use of pesticides. The program works with farmers, businesses and public agencies to protect human health and the environment and serves as a critical part of job training and business growth in Ohio.last_img read more

All You Have Is Time

first_img“I don’t have time.”You’ve said those words. So have I. You think that you don’t have enough time quite often too, don’t you? But the one thing you do have is time. And you have enough time, too. You may be missing something else.What you may be lacking is enough time to do all the things to which you have committed yourself and your time. You may have said “yes” to too many small things that are now crowding out what’s really important. We always find time for what believe is most important—even when most of the time what we perceive to be important now isn’t important long-term. Enough time is a question of your values and your priorities.You may also not enough courage to say “no” when people make requests of you. It’s tough to tell people “no,” especially when you have the ability to help them. It takes a certain level of confidence and comfort in one’s own skin to say “no.” Lacking this courage is one reason you may feel you don’t have enough time.A lack of energy can make you feel as if you have a lack of time. You might feel that you can’t get up and exercise or write or read or pray because you don’t have the energy. You might feel as if you need the sleep. But getting up and doing any of these things can change your life and positive ways that are hard to imagine. And more than a few of them will multiply your energy.You have enough time now to do all kinds of things. Looking at a short time, you can feel the stress of not having enough of it. To straighten out your perception of not having enough time, you have to look at longer periods. You aren’t going to have enough time to do all of the things you want to do, contribute all you want to contribute, and spend time with the ones you love. At some point in the future, you are going to wish you had more time.To avoid wishing for more time later, you need to make better decisions about what you do with your time now. All you have is time. What will you do with it? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Small Decisions, Repeatedly Taken

first_imgNo one decides to become a liar. It isn’t their goal. Instead, they tell a small lie, followed by another little lie. Eventually, as they become accustomed to avoiding the truth, their lies grow. They tell bigger and more damaging lies, until some point this behavior defines them.There isn’t any person who decides it is their life’s goal to be a drug addict or an alcoholic. To mask some pain, especially the pain of not feeling a sense of belonging, they start abusing some substance. Later, things shift, and instead of them taking some substance, the substance takes them.People don’t make a conscious decision to be lazy. Mostly, they seek comfort or escape. Over time, as comfort wins out over effort, and the comfort-seeker is marked by their laziness, their sloth, and their endless procrastination.Stepping Foot on the PathOnce you step foot on the path, you have chosen a direction. The further you traverse down that path, the more the road is taking you away from what you might have been. Even when you are not conscious of how you are changing (and being changed), and even if no one yet notices, you are becoming something different from what you once were.It’s the seemingly small decisions, repeatedly taken that propel you in a particular direction as much or more than the colossal choices that require more conscious thought. The first small decision is what sets you on a path, but it’s the continuation over time that changes your identity.Turn AroundThis same pattern of small decisions, repeatedly taken, can take you down another path, a better path to becoming something other than what has taken you. The first decision you have to make is to turn around and take the first step.If, in the past, you would have undertaken some action, turning around means taking the opposite action. Being conscious of the new decision and repeatedly taking it moves you out of the wilderness and back towards a better place.For some, the path out is longer and more difficult. For others, once they make a decision, the transformation is almost immediate and irrevocable. Either way, the new path begins with turning around. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

What We Learned from Oklahoma State’s Win over Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. A lot happened on Saturday in Austin. We’re still trying to sort through a lot of it. Here are a few things we learned in Oklahoma State’s 30-27 win over Texas.Porter1. Grogan’s Got thisTo steal one of OKC Dave’s legendary hashtags (#grogangotthis), we’re sort of underrating what “the kicker” as Gundy calls him did on Saturday. The tie and the win from 40+ both times? That’s impressive at any point but for the much-maligned Grogan on the road in a heated game in 93 seconds? I was really impressed. Gundy was too.AdChoices广告#okstate slips by Texas 30-27 thanks to this FG by Ben Grogan— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 26, 2015“It was a good call by Rob Discher and really proud of Ben Grogan,” said Gundy. “He may be the only kicker in college history to have to make a field goal after a delay of game with 23 seconds to win the game.”I think Gundy got his kicks mixed up but at least he’s proud of him.“I was proud of him for rallying,” said Gundy.2. The golden boy has a few pimplesI am (and will continue to be) his loudest supporter, but Mason Rudolph showed what seven-games-into-your-career quarterbacks are supposed to look like on Saturday. I’d noticed the high throws throughout the first three games, but I’d presumed they’d be fixed by the time Austin rolled around.Thankfully, he’s got an incredible defense he can lean on early in his career. That won’t always be the case.3. Marcell Ateman has gone from overrated to underratedHow about that? Ateman quietly led the team in receiving and hauled in all four of his catches for 69 yards in the second half. They were all huge but this one was especially delightful.Each receiver is sort of settling in to his own role and it’s good to see Ateman finally (probably) fulfill his wild talent.Boone4. Vincent Taylor can hold his ownTaylor burst onto the scene in spring ball, and had an impressive spring game that got his campaign off to a hot start. Through three games, he was good, albeit against lesser competition. But Taylor proved that he can excel in Big 12 play on Saturday, and his emergence at the defensive tackle position couldn’t come at a more opportune time.5. The return game will take timeTrue freshmen McCleskey and Carr have yet to make any big breaks in the return game – yet. Youth at these positions are experiencing some growing pains, but both kids are more than capable of developing into big-time playmakers.last_img read more

LOOK: The Best College Gameday Signs from Week 1

first_imgIs Harambe an elite quarterback? #GameDay #GameDaysigns— Saturday Blitz (@SaturdayBlitz) September 3, 2016 But we heard it was Kaep? #GameDaySigns— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 3, 2016 Make Jorts great again! #GameDay #GameDaySigns— Saturday Blitz (@SaturdayBlitz) September 3, 2016 Sure, College Gameday was all the way in Wisconsin for the LSU-Wisconsin tilt. But college football is back, and there’s nothing quite like browsing through the best College Gameday signs. Here’s some of the top signs from week 1.Tbh I would have the same sign. #GameDaySigns— julia from werk (@JustbeingJuls) September 3, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more