Last week, the world woke up to the sad news on the passing of the first female Premier of the North West, Minister Edna Molewa.Born Bomo Edith Edna Molewa (23 March 1957), she was a South African politician and member of the African National Congress. Molewa became the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa on 31 October 2010. On 25 May 2014, after the department had split, she was appointed as Minister of Environmental Affairs. She passed on while still serving in dignity as the Minister of her appointed department.Described as dedicated, humble yet combat-ready by those who worked with her, Minister Edna Molewa has certainly left a gap that will be hard to fill in the cabinet of South Africa. Brand SA extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of this esteemed heroine.Video: GCIS
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorCOUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (DTN) — Iowa’s ethanol industry and officials are pushing back on EPA’s small-refinery waivers with demands for multiple federal investigations and demanding EPA follow court rulings.Two months ago, Mike Jerke was standing next to President Donald Trump at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy as the president championed year-round E15. On Wednesday, Jerke, CEO of the 130-million-gallon ethanol plant, was standing next to a congresswoman calling for a federal investigation into EPA’s 31 new small-refinery waivers. Trump had promised to preserve and protect the Renewable Fuels Standard, Jerke said.On Tuesday, EPA stated to Reuters there “is zero evidence” that granting small-refinery exemptions “has had any negative impact on domestic corn ethanol producers,” Reuters reported, quoting an email from an EPA spokesman.Jerke said EPA’s 31 waivers would translate into 300 million bushels of lost corn demand. He added that the EPA’s unchecked use of small-refinery waivers “guts the RFS and breaks the president’s promise.”The Aug. 9 waiver announcement, the China trade war and USDA’s Aug. 12 crop report have combined to take potentially $10.6 billion of wealth from farmers and ethanol plants and transferred it to oil companies, Jerke said.Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on Wednesday called on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General to investigate EPA’s rationale for granting the small-refinery waivers. Axne said EPA’s actions “eliminated millions of gallons of ethanol that had been obligated to sell.”Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday asking him to reallocate ethanol gallons lost to small-refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard and to increase transparency in the program.As the president reportedly considers options in response to a rural backlash to Trump ordering the approval of 31 new waivers for 2018, Reynolds and Naig said the latest round of waivers was a “clear violation of the president’s commitments to Iowa farmers and renewable energy producers across the Heartland.”They said in the letter the “damage from these exemptions has piled up year after year and gallon after gallon. Over the last three years, the agency has undercut more than 4 billion gallons of homegrown energy, without transparency or accountability, even for so-called small-refinery exemptions offered to oil giants like Exxon and Chevron.”Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was more direct last week when the small-refinery waivers were announced by EPA. “They screwed us,” the senior senator said.Ethanol supporters say EPA also is refusing to comply with an earlier court order to reallocate 500 million gallons of waivers from earlier years. Jerke said those gallons should be put onto the 2020 mandated ethanol volumes for refiners.Tensions are high right now in agriculture. Bruce Rohwer, a northwest Iowa farmer and board member for the National Corn Growers Association, said farmers are facing five years of stagnant prices and are watching their markets lost through different government actions in trade and ethanol waivers.“It just piles on,” Rohwer said. “The frustration has been the EPA’s failure to follow the courts. EPA to this point has just ignored that. It leaves a frustration of how do you work with a government agency that won’t recognize the authority of the courts? I don’t have the answer for that.”Rohwer said farmers just want to see positive cash flow leading to positive income again. That goes to both trade and biofuels policies that hurt farmer income.“You have to keep knocking and keep talking and keep pointing out the economic consequences of not having good markets, because it’s serious,” Rohwer said. “It must change.”The 31 waivers displaced 1.4 billion gallons of required ethanol volume for the refiners. Since the Trump administration took office, EPA has granted about 4 billion gallons in waivers. EPA has not reallocated waived gallons to other obligated parties to the RFS since at least 2016.The RFS allows the EPA to issue small-refinery exemptions for refiners that process 75,000 barrels (around 3.15 million gallons) or less of petroleum a day and demonstrate “disproportionate economic hardship.”Poet, one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, on Tuesday said it would idle a 92-million-gallon plant in Cloverdale, Indiana, in response to EPA’s waivers. Poet had already cut production at some of its other plants in Iowa and Ohio as well. Jeff Broin, Poet’s CEO and chairman, said the company had been hurt by EPA’s decisions on the Renewable Fuels Standard.Jeff Jorgenson, a Sidney, Iowa, farmer and board member for the Iowa Soybean Association, said at the Council Bluffs event that soybean farmers would gain some further stability if Congress would reauthorize the $1-a-gallon Renewable Biodiesel Tax Credit. The tax credit expired nearly two years ago and six biodiesel plants have closed since then while Jorgenson said others are running at just 50% capacity.Geoff Cooper, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, lashed out at EPA’s statement, stating at least 15 plants have shut down or idled since EPA began issuing large volumes of small refinery exemptions last year. Meanwhile, the waivers have reduced corn use by 225 million bushels.“Farm bankruptcies and debt are on the rise, and farm income is plunging,” Cooper stated. “Yet, EPA pretends nothing is wrong. Rome is burning, while EPA plays Nero’s fiddle.”Other Iowa Democratic members of Congress Reps. Abby Finkenauer and Dave Loweback also called for an investigation by the Government Accountability Office into the small-refinery waivers. Growth Energy praised the congressman for the move.“Already, dozens of biofuel plants have closed or cut production, and hundreds of millions of bushels of grain are falling in value, just as farmers face the worst economic conditions in a generation,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “The EPA needs to account for these lost gallons immediately and start repairing the damage before more rural communities lose hope for a comeback.”Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
If Intel has its way, touch will be just one of the ways to control Windows 8 ultrabooks. The chipmaker is looking to add voice commands and Kinect-like gestures for what it calls “perceptual computing.”On Tuesday, Intel announced a partnership with Nuance Communications to put a locally hosted voice recognition app on certain Windows 8 PCs, including devices from Dell. Intel has also partnered with Creative Technology – formerly known as Creative Labs, one of the early designers of PC sound cards – to design a Kinect-like camera that could eventually be integrated into the notebooks just as Webcams are now a standard feature for portable computers.To kick things off, Intel also announced a software development kit to enable software developers to start creating applications that can take advantage of the new interfaces. Features include 2D/3D object tracking to enable augmented reality applications and even a sort of facial recognition to identify and personalize applications to specific users.Perceptual Computing“Your gestures, face, voice – all of those provide a more interactive, immersive experience, said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.(For more on the Intel Developer Forum, see Intel Dabbles In Science Fiction and Is This The World’s Smartest Coke Machine?)Windows 8 PCs will be convertible, detachable and swivel-able. “The industry is going to bring more hardware innovation in the next 12 months than I’ve seen in 20 years at Intel,” Skaugen said.The move beyond touch is a revival of sorts for voice control and dictation on the PC, which sprang into the market years ago with Nuance, Dragon Systems, and even Microsoft’s built-in voice commands. But the technology essentially fizzled, as users chose to use simpler, faster keyboard shortcuts and simply learned to type faster. Although Skaugen didn’t call them out specifically, the resurgence of voice control in Apple’s Siri and Google Android’s voice commands are clearly helping spark interest in voice control. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#marketing#Microsoft#Products#web What’s Behind The New Interfaces?“We’ve had voice and gesture for some time, but it hasn’t really worked,” said Martin Reynolds, a vice president and fellow with Gartner. “Part of the reason is the software and part of the reason is the peripherals, and enough processing power to make it run. What we’re seeing here is Intel attacking on this on all three fronts: developing the software, bumping the performance and working on the peripherals. Now how long that will take to create great results? Not clear. But this is clearly a shift.” “This is a long-term initiative,” added Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights. “It brings in two industry buzzwords: the Internet of things, and also natural user interface. But the essence of it is new ways to interact with your PC. So voice and machine vision. What’s going to happen is that the computer will understand context, it will understand everything that’s going on around you and interact with you and with other devices in new ways. That’s really the big picture.”Perhaps influenced by the consumerization of IT, where iPhones and Gmail are invading the data center, or simply by the realization that you can surf the Web just fine on a three-year-old PC, Intel has ditched the “speeds and feeds” discussions of previous years – a decision that an Intel source said prompted some grumbling among the company’s more traditional, engineering-oriented employees. Granted, the company did announce its fourth-generation of Core microprocessors, code-named “Haswell.” But Intel completely glossed over mentions of core voltages, cache sizes and even clock speeds. Today’s watchword is “capabilities.”Intel is even working with Sony on the Tap 20 – an all-in-one PC that’s resembles a giant tablet. (Think of it as a desktop PC with batteries.)Overall, though, Intel continues to focus on ultrabooks – MacBook Air-like thin-and-light notebooks that Intel claims could comprise 40% of all consumer PCs sold this holiday season. By the end of the year, more than 70 different ultrabook designs will be on the market, Intel predicts, many of them equipped with touch capability, and priced starting at about $699. Apparently, Intel sees ultrabooks as a perfect delivery platform for perceptual computing.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Other images by Mark Hachman. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting markhachman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Meanwhile, the Interactive Gesture Camera from Creative, a development platform, will track the user’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and be able to detect smiles and other moods. Skaugen said the 720p camera will cost about $149. Eventually, according to Intel’s PC processor chief Dadi Perlmutter, the technology will be integrated into a standard notebook. The camera, which actually looks a bit ugly squatting on top of a monitor, will track the user’s face, identifying the user and possibly limiting his access. That’s important, Skaugen said, as he described handing over his tablet to his young son. “I hand him the tablet to play Angry Birds to get ten minutes of shuteye, and the next thing I know he’s emailing my CEO.”The camera will also be able to identify a user’s hands and fingers, sensing the presence of the user from 6 inches to a depth of three feet. That’s ideal, Skaugen said, for kitchen applications where a user doesn’t want to get his touchscreen monitor greasy. The camera will be able to detect gestures and hand positions, such as a thumbs-up gesture. Intel also claimed that its software development kit or SDK will be able to superimpose 3D virtual objects onto a person, such as a pair of glasses or a virtual hat.“80% of communication is non-verbal, so smiles, blinks, gestures and all these sort of things make communication more immersive,” Skaugen said.Skaugen showed off two example prototype apps that took advantage of the camera: one, a virtual solar system, “exploded” into view when the user spread his hands. The other, a cute kung fu game, challenged a user to block patty-cake-styled “attacks” from an animated squirrel.
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince blasts De Gea for Newcastle interview: Would Schmeichel say that?by Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has blasted David De Gea for his post-match interview after Sunday’s loss to Newcastle United.The Spaniard was at a loss for words when speaking to reporters after the 1-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.”I watched David de Gea’s post-match interview and I was at a loss,” Ince said to PaddyPower.”He’s meant to be one of the leaders. If that was Peter Schmeichel standing there, there’s no chance you’d have seen that interview. Rather than him addressing and recognising where the team were going wrong, it just felt like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.'”This is one of the top players, the leaders at Man United, who has just signed a five-year contract. And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.”If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you hear you’d be right to [think it was a disgrace]. I’d be looking thinking, ‘he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract.'”
Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is imploring Jamaicans to be extremely cautious and responsible on the nation’s roads during the festive season.His warning comes against the fact that 303 persons have lost their lives in road crashes since the start of 2017.“I want to appeal to every one of us to behave ourselves in the traffic environment. The speeds recorded in the black boxes that are involved (in road crashes) are frightening,” he said.He noted that pedestrians “are being hit between 38 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per hour and they are never able to survive such impacts”.“Too many of our people have been injured or killed because of excessive speed; therefore, as we look forward to this Christmas period, I appeal to every Jamaican to walk, ride and drive for the family and for other persons,” he added.Minister Henry was speaking at the Child Health Initiative and the National Road Safety Council’s (NRSC) Policy Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, December 14.Minister Henry noted that while strides have been made in improving road safety, particularly among pedestrians who are children, “there are more negative behaviours to be arrested”.“We are below the numbers of (road deaths) for the year before, (but) persons are dying needlessly, leaving behind their precious children to grow up without a mother or a father, but more predominantly, without a father, since male casualties account for over 85 per cent of the fatalities. This leaves a negative impact on the social economic stability of the family structure,” he pointed out.He expressed particular concern about the behaviour of motorcyclists. “Already, 88 of them have been killed so far this year. I am calling on them to cut out the dangerous practices on the roads,” he urged.Minister Henry also called on persons who have outstanding traffic tickets to take advantage of the second traffic ticket amnesty now under way, which ends on January 13, 2018.The Child Health Initiative and NRSC Policy Forum involved partnership with the FIA Foundation, an independent charity known for global philanthropy focused on road safety and sustainable mobility.The event, which involved stakeholders from various government entities and the private sector, had the objective of, among other things, examining the Road Safety Act and facilitating discussions towards creating a policy to provide greater protection for children on the roads.Vice Chairman, NRSC, Dr. Lucien Jones, urged motorists to look out for children on the roads.“Road crashes are the global number-one killer of school-age children, especially older children. Here in Jamaica, we will be stepping up our efforts and practical steps to protect our children as they take the journey, often a challenging one, from home to school and back,” he said.FIA Foundation Deputy Director, Avi Silverman, noted that around the world, children are among the most vulnerable on the roads.“We must do all we can to protect them. Jamaica has the potential to make huge progress and to become a global leader in this effort. We’re delighted to be able to support our partners in Jamaica in this fight to save lives. Every life we save is precious, and every child deserves a safe journey to school. We must not fail our children,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is imploring Jamaicans to be extremely cautious and responsible on the nation’s roads during the festive season. “Too many of our people have been injured or killed because of excessive speed; therefore, as we look forward to this Christmas period, I appeal to every Jamaican to walk, ride and drive for the family and for other persons,” he added. He expressed particular concern about the behaviour of motorcyclists. “Already, 88 of them have been killed so far this year. I am calling on them to cut out the dangerous practices on the roads,” he urged.
Goo Goo Dolls, the Buffalo-based rock band that has sold millions of albums for more than 20 years, named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its charity of choice with donations totaling $422,800 and a new fundraising campaign to support Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day.John Rzeznik and Robby Takac share a special moment with a patient family during their visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalThe band’s gift will benefit Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, a program led by Jason Thomas Gordon, musician and grandson of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas. Gordon created this year-round initiative which informs, inspires and engages artists, their fans and the entertainment industry to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures. Saving children.On August 4, 2017, St. Jude will present Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day, an inaugural event that will allow bands, fans and venues all across the United States to show their support and raise funds and awareness for the patients and families of St. Jude.“We absolutely love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its awe-inspiring mission, and look forward to helping Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day in August,” said John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer. “It’s an honor for us to play a role, however small, in helping St. Jude find cures and save children’s lives.”John Rzeznik and bandmate Robby Takac have both visited the St. Jude campus, meeting with patients and their families. The group has also involved fans in their support of St. Jude by selling autographed guitars and drumheads during their 2016 tour in support of their most recent album, Boxes. Proceeds from those sales were donated directly to St. Jude.“I want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls for their generous and ongoing support of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids campaign,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are honored to be the band’s charity of choice and look forward to working with them and their fans for many years to come.”
After a tight game, the Ohio State Buckeyes came out on top of the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 24-20 on Oct. 29. Buckeye Head Coach Urban Meyer and the team line up to come out of the tunnel to face off against Nortwhestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor
The Board of Trustees will meet today to discuss Ohio State’s Athletic Compliance Office.Though the board will delve into a number of different compliance concerns, an evaluation of OSU Boosters will lead the discussion.“Boosters and booster groups are consistently an area of primary concern amongst compliance officers across the country, and Ohio State shares these concerns,” according to a university report.The report cites both the size and abundance of booster groups as reasons for potential risk.Because these groups operate on their own and use only their own resources, policing them can be difficult, according to the university.The compliance department, which concerns itself with the enforcement, monitoring, procedures and education of NCAA and Big Ten rules, listed several consequences that would stem from potential noncompliance. Not the least of which was the possibility of a diminished university reputation that the board said would affect “all aspects of campus life” and “would significantly affect philanthropic giving.”To combat the difficulty of enforcing rules among the widespread booster groups and to avoid potential sanctions, the compliance office is considering models used by other universities with similar concerns.These schools, according to the report, “elected to consolidate their booster groups within the athletic department” to increase the ease of communication between the university and its boosters.The report made mention of two Big Ten institutions, Indiana University and the University of Michigan, which have recently been under NCAA scrutiny for major compliance infractions. Following the infractions “at both institutions, significant financial resources were spent as defended their name and reputation,” according to the report.Following today’s discussions, the compliance office will offer its suggestions to the director of athletics as it deems appropriate.
Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Everton after just one season and join DC United in the American MLS – and Gary Neville can understand this decision as playing again in your old club just isn’t the same.The former England international has been a key player this season for the Toffees but he is likely to leave in the summer, while Gary Neville insisted that it is understandable that he wants to try something different in his career.The former Manchester United player spoke about Rooney’s situation, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I thought it was nice that he went back to Everton, but it never quite works when you go back.”“My view is that to experience something completely different would be a great thing for him – to get away and try something different.” “He’s got 30/35 years of his life to think about, coming pretty quickly. To experience different things, different culture, different environment, and to learn about new things is not a bad thing for him.”“He’s got a big decision to make in the next couple of years about what he does in his post-career.”