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Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Chair of the joint House-Senate Conference Committee, released a summary of the benefits for California in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report.The final agreement provides critical flood protection, restores important ecosystems, and maintains ports and navigation routes for commerce and the movement of goods throughout the State of California.Senator Boxer said: “In my home State of California, Sacramento faces some of the nation’s most severe flood risks. I am so pleased that this bipartisan legislation includes critical flood control that protects lives and property in California. It also includes important reforms to strengthen our ports, including in Los Angeles and Long Beach, and restores critical ecosystems, such as the Salton Sea. I look forward to moving this critical legislation to the President’s desk to be signed into law as soon as possible.”The WRRDA conference report authorizes four new projects in California that have undergone extensive review by the Corps of Engineers and have been recommended by the Chief of Engineers, making them eligible for federal construction funding.• Natomas Basin: WRRDA authorizes over $1 billion to strengthen the levees in the Natomas Basin in Sacramento to safeguard over 100,000 residents and protect over $7 billion in property;• San Clemente Shoreline: The conference report authorizes $99 million for construction and continuing maintenance of coastal protection measures along the San Clemente shoreline. The project will protect critical infrastructure, including an important passenger and freight rail link, and increase recreational opportunities;• Orestimba Creek, San Joaquin River Basin: WRRDA authorizes approximately $45 million for flood control measures in the San Joaquin River Basin to protect the City of Newman. The project includes over four miles of levees designed to withstand a 200-year flood. It will protect critical local infrastructure, including rail, water supply, roads, and emergency response facilities. It would reduce expected annual damages by 94 percent;• Sutter Basin: WRRDA authorizes approximately $689 million for a flood control measures in Sutter River Basin, including Yuba City. The project would strengthen 41 miles of existing levees, reducing expected annual damages by approximately $50 million.The WRRDA conference report also authorizes programs and sets priorities that address California’s needs.Ports and waterways in the United States moved over 2.3 billion tons of goods in 2012, and California has some of the busiest ports in the world. These ports and waterways require dredging, maintenance and modernization to ensure the efficient, safe and timely movement of goods.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2014
Virtual assistants could help food banks and community groups ensure poor and vulnerable people can access the law as part of a new project spearheaded by senior figures in the legal profession.The Jeanie Project, an access to justice charity, is hoping to crowdfund £7,500 by 9 August to pilot Riverview Law’s KIM technology among civil society organisations to provide advice, information and connections to lawyers simply and effectively.The charity’s trustees are former Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller, the Society’s head of justice, and Martin Barnes, chief executive of LawWorks.Scott-Moncrieff, founder and managing director of London firm Scott-Moncrieff & Associates, says the initial discussion with a client is important, ‘listening to them really carefully, working out what the issues are’.However, she adds, ‘although it is really important, I do not think it has to be done by a lawyer. It needs to be done by someone who has got the time, interest and energy to do all of that. We’re trying to get civil society organisations, charities and food banks to do some of that first piece of work’.Pro bono lawyers are also ‘completely overwhelmed’, Scott-Moncrieff says. Receiving the relevant information, ‘all packaged up’, will enable them to do specific legal work in the amount of time they have available.Scott-Moncrieff would also like to pilot the scheme in MPs’ constituency offices. ‘It has become very clear with the loss of legal aid and pressures on advice agencies that a lot of people are going to their MPs to get help with their legal problems,’ she says.The KIM technology is being provided by Riverview Law, an alternative business structure, for free and will be ‘tweaked’ for organisations’ particular circumstances. The project was set up after Scott-Moncrieff attended a legal innovation seminar at Strathclyde University in 2015, where Karl Chapman, Riverview Law’s chief executive, spoke.
The holidays are a time of celebration, not for stressing about how you’re going to feed a room full of hungry guests. Serving fanciful fare in a beautiful setting shouldn’t be difficult — just use the tricks of entertaining experts. Here are five low-fuss ways to impress guests with divine dishes and tasty treats.Warm guests upon arrival with unique beveragesNo matter what you’re celebrating, toast to good health and happiness by serving a special seasonal drink as guests arrive. No need to create a complex concoction — instead use your slow cooker to create warm beverages that leave a lasting impression. It’s easy to whip up a large batch of spicy cider or fruity mulled wine ahead of time so you can spend more time greeting guests as they come in from the cold. Just set out festive mugs or glasses and guests can ladle a serving at their leisure.Create the ultimate cheese platterTempt taste buds and satisfy hunger pangs without much effort by creating a scrumptious cheese platter. From shredded to crumbled and sharp to sweet, Stella Cheese makes a variety of artisanal cheeses so selecting the perfect mix is simple. Simply set out three to five cheeses with different textures and flavors. Plan on 2 ounces per person for an appetizer cheese plate and 4-6 ounces per person if cheese is the main food. Add crackers and other accompaniments like jam, olives and nuts.Design a themed dessert trayThe holidays call for a little something sweet to satisfy the palate, but there’s no need to spend the days prior to the event blending and baking. Let a fun foodie theme be your guide when selecting a dessert offering. For example, buy a variety of the most decadent chocolates available and set on a silver tray for guests to indulge in. Alternatively, add a touch of class by creating a truffle bar on a stunning dessert tower. These rich desserts are as visually stunning as they are appetizing, and a small amount goes a long way — no cooking required.Add ambiance with simple festive decorThe atmosphere you create sets the tone for the entire event. Start with a show-stopping table centerpiece. Create a beautiful bouquet of fresh evergreen plucked from a pine in your yard or grab a trio of large vases and fill with shiny holiday bulbs. Add a sense of refinement by using colorful cloth napkins and floating candles in small glass bowls filled with water and cranberries. Finally, set out your best stemware and fun glass charms — then at the conclusion of the party, let guests take the charm home as a gift.Serve appetizers instead of full coursesIt’s not always necessary to plan a five course sit-down dinner for your holiday guests. To encourage mingling and merriment during more casual affairs, an appetizer buffet is a mouth-watering option. Plan ahead and use your creativity. A smoked fish draped in lemon wedges and capers makes a beautiful presentation. Add a crudité plate and a signature appetizer like savory Sausage, Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts and you’ll be getting rave reviews from guests young and old.
Lauderdale Lakes serves over 35,000 residents by enriching the quality of life for seniors, children and families while promoting social interactions, health awareness, and educational experiences. “We are committed to working with our Federal, State and County officials on critical issues that impact Lauderdale Lakes,” said Mayor Hazelle Rogers. “Grant opportunities and infrastructure resources are our major priorities,” she said. The Lauderdale Lakes Delegation also connected with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Dr. Thomas E. Price and his senior leadership team. They discussed the City of Lauderdale Lakes’ commitment to improving the quality of life of its residents. The HHS team identified available resources, technical assistance and grant programs that are available to help the City further its vision of creating a vibrant, connected, diverse and safe community. Committed to working The delegation achieved its primary objective to identify grant funds for programs and services; relay the City’s position on various legislative issues; discover resources for capital projects; and discuss key issues that will affect the City of Lauderdale Lakes in the future. City of Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers and City Manager Phil Alleyne recently met with federal officials in Washington, DC. The visit was in collaboration with the City’s Federal Lobbyist, Alcalde & Fay, to advocate on behalf of the city. Over a very busy two-day session, Mayor Rogers and City Manager Alleyne attended several meetings. Officials they met with included Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings and representatives from the office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. They also met with representatives of the offices of Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. Federal Department Administrators and staff also met with the two South Florida officials throughout the day. Meetings over two-days
EU eyes new Africa alliance to create jobs Related EU to invest $52.2 billion in Africa to create jobs for youths EU Ambassador to the African Union Ranieri Sabatucci Ambassador Ranieri Sabatucci, the EU Ambassador to the African Union, on Friday revealed that the European Union Commission is proposing a 40 billion Euro package to attract investments that will create at least 10 million jobs in Africa.EU Ambassador to the African Union Ranieri SabatucciThe Ambassador was speaking at a two-day Horn of Africa African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) forum whose main focus is the pharmaceutical industry.Sabatucci said that the grant would help increase African exports, attract investment, including to manufacturing and processing sectors as well as encourage the creation of regional value chains through flexible rules of origin.“To support this, a massive support of 40 billion Euros of grants under the new Africa-European Alliance for Jobs and Growth is proposed as from 2021 to 2027 to, among others, attract investments that would create 10 million jobs in Africa,” he said, adding the EU will continue to increase its support to Africa in that regard.“Our support for the AfCFTA has a lot to do with our history. It was through the establishment of the free trade area and customs union and the single market that the last 60 years have become the longest period of peace, economic growth and prosperity in our continent,” he said, adding real work begins now since the AFCTA came into force on 30 May.Sabatucci said a stable Horn of Africa was important for regional and Africa’s economic integration.Speaking at the same forum, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, said Africa’s pharmaceutical industry was a good summary of what the AfCFTA can deliver for the continent.Worth $20.8 billion in 2013, the industry is predicted to be $64 billion in the next ten years, creating over 16 million jobs in the process.Songwe said this will also lead to the creation of regional and continental giants and prosperity.“The AfCFTA is an economic development program anchored around creating regional and continental champions, accelerating infrastructure development, energy and harmonising Africa’s integration platforms. We must now move with speed to implement the AfCFTA and reap the benefits of the agreement,” she said.Songwe said East Africa with at least 600 million people was one of the fastest growing regions on the continent but that growth has not yet translated into poverty reduction and prosperity.The theme of the forum, which was organized by the ECA, the Government of Ethiopia, the African Union Commission (AUC), and the European Union (EU), is: “AfCFTA Implementation: Breaking Down Geographical, Logistical and Regulatory Barriers to Trade and Investment in the Horn to Boost Industrialisation: A Focus on the Pharmaceutical Industry”. Mugabe’s decision to skip EU-Africa could negatively impact Zimbabwe-EU relations
Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s swimming and diving team improved three spots in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II coaches’ poll released this week, jumping from No. 21 to No. 18.Drury holds the top spot in the national poll, followed by Queens (N.C.) and Wingate, in that order. The top-ranked team from the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference is No. 4 Delta State, followed by No. 18 West Florida.The Argos improved in the poll thanks to a strong showing at the Delta State Christmas Invitational. Three different individuals swam NCAA B-cut qualifying times in seven different events, and the Argos had five relay teams post NCAA B-cut times as well. Both of the team’s divers, Josie McKee (Canton, Ohio/Malone) and Meghan Zets (Grovetown, Ga./Grovetown HS) also posted high enough scores to compete at the NCAA Diving Qualifying Meet in March.Several Argonauts are ranked highly in their events. Sophomore Peggy de Villiers (Somerset West, South Africa/Drury) holds the third fastest time in Division II in the 50 Free (23.32), and junior Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany/Darton State) ranks fourth in Division II in the 200 IM with a time of 4:23.95. UWF also boasts the fourth best time in the 200 Free Relay, as the team of Emily Mitchell (Allen Park, Mich./Darton State), de Villiers, Carla Robles (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef HS) and Macht posted a time of 1:34.85.Individual/relay times in Division II top 20 (USASwimming.org)50 Free – 3. Peggy de Villiers: 23.32100 Free – 7. Peggy de Villiers: 50.96100 Breast – 10. Anna-Marie Macht: 1:04.41200 Breast – 14. Anna-Marie Macht: 2:18.97100 Fly – 18. Peggy de Villiers: 56.47200 IM – 8. Anna-Marie Macht: 2:04.41400 IM – 4. Anna-Marie Macht: 4:23.95200 Free Relay – 4. Emily Mitchell/Peggy de Villiers/Carla Robles/Anna-Marie Macht: 1:34.85400 Free Relay – 7. Anna-Marie Macht/Peggy de Villiers/Emily Mitchell/Carla Robles – 3:28.46800 Free Relay – 20. Anna-Marie Macht/Carla Robles/Savannah Antonetz/Peggy de Villiers – 7:45.72200 Medley Relay – 20. Cheryl Corvo/Emily Mitchell/Peggy de Villiers/Anna-Marie Macht – 1:46.85The CSCAA Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.The Argos will return to action against Carson-Newman, Darton State and Queens (N.C.) on Thursday, Jan. 2 at the UWF Aquatic Center at 4 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#CSCAA NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Ranking as of December 19, 2013 DII WOMEN1. Drury University2. Queens University (Charlotte)3. Wingate UniversityT4. Delta State UniversityT4. Florida Southern CollegeT6. UC San DiegoT6. Simon Fraser University8. West Chester University9. Grand Valley State University10. Lindenwood University11. Long Island University- Post12. University of Alaska-Fairbanks13. University of Tampa14. California Baptist UniversityT15. Nova Southeastern UniversityT15. Northern Michigan University17. Wayne State University18. University of West Florida19. Ashland University20. St. Cloud State UniversityT21. Edinboro UniversityT21. Truman State University23. University of Indianapolis24. University of Bridgeport25. Gannon UniversityAlso Receiving Votes: Limestone College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University, Cal State East Bay, Hillsdale College, University of Findlay CSCAA Division II Team Ranking CommitteeChair: Jimi Kiner, University of Tampa; Andy Boyce, Grand Valley State University; Corrie Falcon, University of California San Diego; Paul Graham, Ashland University; Doug Grooms, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Patrick Snively, Fairmont State University; Kyle Almoney. Millersville University; Jason Marsteller, Swimming World Magazine Print Friendly Version UWF swimming and diving jumps to No. 18 in CSCAA Division II coaches’ poll Anna-Marie Macht holds top 20 times in Division II in four different individual events (Photo by Delta State Athletic Communications)
UWF softball splits with No. 19 Valdosta State PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team split with No. 19 Valdosta State in Saturday’s action. The Argonauts took game one 6-2 but fell in game two 10-6. West Florida is now 11-11 on the season and 2-3 in Gulf South Conference play. West Florida saw both pitching and hitting flourish in the first game against the ranked Blazers. The Argos totaled 10 hits in the ball game and six of them came from senior Caroline Kaston (Niceville, Fla.) and freshman Jessica Wilkinson (Gainesville, Fla.) who each went 3-for-3. Wilkinson added two RBI in the game including a solo home run in bottom of the fifth inning. Two Argos homered in the game; the other was catcher Jenna Belser (Chipley, Fla.) who blasted a two run shot in the fourth inning. Senior Taylor Bailey (Austin, Texas) was dominant on the mound, holding the 19th ranked Blazers to just two runs on six hits and also had seven strikeouts. The second game was a different story for UWF, this time No. 19 Valdosta State found their hitting stroke and totaled 10 runs on eight hits. The Argos scored six runs on ten hits in the ball game including two different Argos recording multiple hits in the game. Senior Audrey Harner (Celina, Ohio) went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored while senior Danielle Sanders went 1-for-2 that included a solo home run in the third inning.West Florida will see the Blazers again tomorrow to decide a series winner in game three. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at the UWF Softball Complex.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#West Florida 6, Valdosta State 2 (Feb 22, 2014 at Pensacola, Fla.) (Game 1)———————————————————————-Valdosta State…… 000 002 0 – 2 6 0 (11-6, 1-3)West Florida…….. 003 210 X – 6 10 1 (11-10, 2-2)———————————————————————-Pitchers: Valdosta State – Brianna Hancock; Caitlyn Calhoun(5) and Courtney Albritton.West Florida – Taylor Bailey and Jenna Belser.Win-Taylor Bailey(4-5) Loss-Brianna Hancock(6-3) T-2:00 A-57HR VSUSB – Shelby Altman.HR UWF – Jessica Wilkinson; Jenna Belser.Game: UWF21Valdosta State 10, West Florida 6 (Feb 22, 2014 at Pensacola, Fla.) (Game 2)———————————————————————-Valdosta State…… 100 212 4 – 10 8 1 (12-6, 2-3)West Florida…….. 001 010 4 – 6 10 3 (11-11, 2-3)———————————————————————-Pitchers: Valdosta State – Maci Fletcher and Courtney Albritton. West Florida – Rebecca Hein;Brooke Hale(4); Lauren Register(7) and Jenna Belser; Aubrey Sumlin.Win-Maci Fletcher(2-0) Loss-Brooke Hale(0-3) T-2:15 A-0HR VSUSB – Shelby Altman 2.HR UWF – Danielle Sanders.R. Hein faced 2 batters in the 4th.B. Hale faced 3 batters in the 7th.Game: UWF22– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version Share Argos go 1-1 with No. 19 VSU in first day (Photo by Emmele Photgraphy)
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