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EPA, Army Repeals WOTUS, Proposes New Definition

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA, Army Repeals WOTUS, Proposes New Definition EPA, Army Repeals WOTUS, Proposes New Definition Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Ashley Davenport – Sep 12, 2019 EPA, Army Repeals WOTUS, Proposes New DefinitionShortly after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order to review and rescind or revise the 2015 Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS rule.At a press conference on Thursday, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler made the announcement to repeal WOTUS alongside Army Assistant Secretary for the Army for Civil Works R.D. James.Wheeler said this repeal is the first of a two-step process to define the scope of waters of the U.S. that are regulated under the Clean Water Act.“Today’s final rule puts an end to an egregious power grab, eliminates an ongoing patchwork of clean water act regulations and restores a long-standing and familiar regulatory framework,” said Wheeler.Since the rule was put into place in 2015, its definition has changed over time. The rule is currently in effect in 22 states and Washington D.C., while the regulations issued in the 1980s are still in effect in the rest of the country.Indiana is one of those states working off of the 1980s rule. Indiana Farm Bureau’s Justin Schneider said, “So, this announcement today, the real effect for us is that this is the end, nationally, to this rule change from 2015. So, EPA has finished the first step in they can now move on to rewriting a rule that provides clarity and certainty that everyone needs.”And what should be in the new rule?“I think you’ve seen a lot of stakeholders come forward and provide valuable insight over the last several years into what should be in the rule. No one is saying we shouldn’t have a rule. We should just have a rule that works for people, that’s clear so you know when you’re in and when you’re not, and that the conditions are there that respect what Congress put in the Clean Water Act with respect to the authority of EPA and what should be regulated by the states.”Schneider says his biggest concern with the previous rule was that it is so difficult to have an overarching standard for something that is so site-specific from farm to farm.“Going back to the drawing board will give us the opportunity to look at the types of practices we do in Indiana, the way we have been able to see a lot of success in implementing conservation practices. There are a lot of efforts underway through the Ag Nutrient Alliance and with all our partner organizations to try to ensure that every farmer is getting the message about the things they can and need to be doing, and this is an opportunity for us to continue to push that as a solution in this state.”Last winter, the EPA and Army issued a new proposed definition to identify where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. The second and final step of the process is the proposed, revised definition of WOTUS.“Our revised and more precise definition would mean that farmers, property owners, and businesses will spend less time and money determining whether they need a federal permit and more time upgrading infrastructure,” said Wheeler.Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who serves as the ranking member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, was also in attendance. As a farmer, he said farmers knew what it would do to their rights.“WOTUS was not about clean water,” he said. “It was about a blatant overreach of the federal government to take away personal property rights as it pertained to farmers and landowners.”Since President Trump took office, Wheeler said the EPA has finalized 46 deregulatiory actions, saving Americans more than $3.7 billion in regulatory costs.In a statement, USDA secretary Sonny Perdue said the decision was “a major win for American agriculture.” Wheeler said the plan is to finalize the revised definition this winter. Previous articleIndiana Collegiate Farm Bureau Members Experience USDA Lockup ReportNext articleEPA Announces Waters of the U.S. repeal and a Bipartisan Rally in DC for USMCA on the HAT Friday Morning Edition Ashley Davenportlast_img read more

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Five Acres Launches HOPE IS HERE Campaign

first_img Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News More Cool Stuff Business News HerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeauty Photo courtesy 5Acres.orgThese past 15 months during the pandemic, many children, families, and individuals experienced unexpected life events that have pushed some of them to their limits.For local nonprofit Five Acres that also meant postponing two galas, making the health and safety of their staff and guests the priority. To replace critically needed funds that would normally be raised at the charity’s gala, Five Acres will launch its HOPE IS HERE Campaign online on June 1 through June 16.“We rely on events to support our programs and services that help more than 9,000 children and families annually,” said Five Acres Chief Advancement Officer Jennifer Berger, who has worked with Five Acres Board Members Don Boline and Mimi Carter and their campaign committee to reimagine how much-needed funds can be raised to continue helping additional children and families.“This pandemic has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable in our society. We are so proud of our Five Acres team members who have worked tirelessly and heroically to care for thousands impacted this past year,” said Carter. “Your support of Five Acres’ critical programs including foster care, adoption, therapeutic residential care, mental health care for at-risk families, and especially our telehealth initiatives launched in 2020 can help stem the tide of children entering the foster care system.”When the safer-at-home order was announced in March 2020, Five Acres within five days set up telehealth services to its clients. The charity’s rehabilitation and residential team also responded quickly by changing the children’s programming. Likewise the facilities team hustled to convert one of the buildings to serve as a five-bed self-isolation unit, with the capacity to hold an additional 20 beds.These operational and programming changes incurred a financial cost to the charity.For many nonprofits like Five Acres, events support the fundraising efforts of their programs and services. With the pandemic impacting the planning of in-person events and individuals being burned out of virtual events, the charity is reaching out to its donors and the public to bring hope to many children and families they serve by donating to this campaign.“Your generosity can create real hope and impact by directly connecting children in need with safe, permanent families of their own,” said Boline, who also underwrote the printing of the campaign soundcards that will be mailed to leading contributors. “We hope you will help Five Acres transform what a home looks like for kids in Southern California.”To support the Five Acres HOPE IS HERE campaign, underwritten by Concept Builders and Hahn & Hahn, visit https://5acres.org/hope-is-here/. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 67 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Non-Profits News Five Acres Launches HOPE IS HERE Campaign STAFF REPORT Published on Friday, May 28, 2021 | 1:13 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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DS5: Preparing for Forbearance Exits

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post This episode of DS5: Inside the Industry features Jesse Roth, SVP of Strategic Partnership & Business Development at Auction.com. Roth delves into the ways in which his industry is preparing for forbearance exits by focusing on automation to help manage the volume of requests and increasing staff and training.”I think 2021 will be all about understanding,” Roth said. Subscribe About Author: Christina Hughes Babb DS5: Preparing for Forbearance Exits Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago November 13, 2020 1,767 Views Previous: FHA 2020 Report Shows How It Helped Struggling Homeowners Next: FHFA Releases Foreclosure-Prevention Report Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News, Webcasts The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / DS5: Preparing for Forbearance Exits 2020-11-13 Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articleslast_img read more

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Baseline approach

first_imgPaulKearns explains an effective tool for developing training needs analysis,evaluation and performance measurementTwoof the most difficult jobs for any training professional are accurate,individual training needs analysis (TNA) and convincing outcome evaluation.Unfortunatelymany internal customers do not appreciate the time and skill involved, which iswhy they often just ask for quick-fix training solutions. Thissituation can be very frustrating for trainers who want to do a highly professionaljob. More importantly, any training delivered as a result of insufficientanalysis is likely to be much less effective. However, this tool offers asimple, practical and effective solution. It serves three main purposes:–Helping the trainer cover TNA and evaluation questions simultaneously–Ensuring the internal customer becomes fully involved in the training process–Linking training directly to measured employee performanceItis called the Baseline Approach because it emphasises pre-training, baselineperformance measures before any training solution is offered. The toolcomprises two separate techniques.  Technique1The eight-step TNAThefirst technique is a series of questions that should be used at the outset ofany training discussions with your customer. Try to stick as closely to thesesteps as possible. If you skip any steps or are fobbed off by an impatientmanager do not be surprised if subsequent training fails to deliver.1.Identify the business gapBeforeyou actually look at training needs you need to establish that a business “gap”has been identified. This can fall into two broad categories (see also theToolbox in Training, October 1999): –A– There is a basic operational need (for example, people need to be trained touse the new accounting system, staff need basic product knowledge) in whichcase move straight to Step 3.B– There is a need for performance improvement (for example, the business planis looking for reduced costs, an improvement in productivity or quality.)2.Calculate the £ signAnyimprovement gap identified at Step 1 should be quickly converted to a financialvalue (for example, a 10 per cent reduction in error rates would equate toapproximately £100,000 cost saving per annum, improved efficiency in administrationmight be worth £20,000 in overtime or salary savings). This figure helps todecide how much can be spent on training and immediately highlights the rightevaluation measure.3.The target “audience”Whichemployees need to use the new accounting system? Who will be involved in theerror reduction programme? Are you looking at data entry clerks, supervisors ormanagers? The training needs of each group will be very different.4.Size the “audience”Onceyou have established the type of audience, the numbers involved need to beestimated with a reasonable amount of accuracy. Large numbers may require avery different design to a small group. How many employees will be involved intotal? Does the evaluated benefit in Step 2 justify the potential cost?5.Establish existing employee performance measuresHaveyou already collected performance measures for each employee? In the case ofthe accounting system, some may already know how to use it. With errorreduction some people obviously make more errors than others. If thisinformation is not available the customer must start to collect it before we goany further. This is the key, baseline data.6.Produce the performance curve (see Technique 2 below)Oncethe performance measures are in place for each employee (1 equals many errors,10 equals very few errors) we can construct the curve. The customer must saywhere the goalposts are (for example, 3 and 8) for unacceptable, acceptable andsuperior performance levels.7.Address each performance gapThecurve is very revealing. Do all employees know where they are in relation tothe rest of the team? Are the causes of under-performance all to do withtraining? Could the superior performers coach the under-performers? What doessomeone with a 4 have to do to achieve a 5? The curve is an excellent basis fora true, individual TNA.  Also, it is themanager’s own assessment criteria which are being used; this generates greaterownership.8.Design the training solutionYouare now ready to move on to the next stage, which is designing a variety oftraining solutions to address all individual needs. However, the added benefitsof the Baseline Approach are that:–The evaluation measures are the customer’s responsibility, not the trainer’s.–Their commitment to training has been well tested–The customer is now totally involved in the training solutionTechnique2Producing the employee performance curveAlltraining needs discussions should be approached from a performance perspective.After all, the whole point of training is to improve the performance standardof the trainees. In the case of the brand new accounting system everyone has tobe trained how to use it but a standard should be set to make sure the systemis used properly. Inthe case of the quality improvement initiative, asking the question “how arethe target group performing in terms of error rates” can be very revealing. Ifthe manager does not have existing data on individuals then there is nobaseline to work from. This data needs to be collected before the training isdesigned.Askingthe manager to produce this data will:–Check whether there really is a performance gap–Force the manager to agree what constitutes unacceptable, acceptable andsuperior performance–Allow a time limit to be set for bringing all underperformers up to therequired standard–Make any subsequent evaluation easy by revisiting the same measures to show ashift in the overall performance curve, as the baseline measures are agreed“up-front”.Thissame approach can be used quickly and easily with competence assessments andeven soft skills training where an initial assessment of baseline soft skillsperformance measures are collected. Onefinal comment: if your customer does not want to take part in this exercise, thenyou have to ask yourself how committed they are to the training.PaulKearns is a training and performance measurement specialist at Personnel Works(0117-914 6984). His books, Measuring and Managing Employee Performance andMeasuring the Impact of Training and Development on the Bottom Line areavailable from www.hr-expert.com. Paulis currently judging the TD2000 Award to find the UK’s Top Training team Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Baseline approachOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Mosque council calls for halt to mass, Friday prayers during PSBB in Jakarta

first_imgThe Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) has called on mosques across Jakarta to temporarily halt mass prayers as the capital is reimposing a partial lockdown, also known as large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), in the next two weeks. “[I hope] mosques can  minimize or altogether stop activities that involve large congregations, including Friday prayers, until the PSBB policy is lifted,” DMI chairman Jusuf Kalla said Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.The DMI issued a circular regarding the matter on the same day.The Jakarta administration on Monday reinstated the PSBB to contain the spread of COVID-19. It has recorded an overwhelming number of daily cases in the past weeks, resulting in a rising hospital bed occupancy rate.Read also: Police launch operation to monitor, sanction Jakarta PSBB violatorsJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan revealed that the city would run out of hospital beds soon if no significant intervention was made.Kalla, the former vice president, also encouraged mosques located in densely populated areas or regions marked “red”, or with a high risk of infection, in the COVID-19 risk mapping system to close temporarily to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.Mosques located in safer zones, he said, could still hold mass prayers as long as they strictly implemented health protocols. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Stops in Western PA to Discuss Combatting Opioid Abuse (Round-Up)

first_img Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf made stops in western PA to discuss efforts to continue the fight against the epidemic of opioid abuse in the Commonwealth.In Pittsburgh, Governor Wolf and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris hosted a press conference to discuss the Wolf Administration’s new opioid prescribing guideline recommendations for orthopedics and sports medicine.“These new guidelines are a crucial part of our battle against the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “By partnering with health care professionals in the fields of orthopedics and sports medicine to reduce the overprescribing of opioid painkillers, we are working to reduce opioid abuse in one of the highest-risk groups – people who seek medical care due to injuries.”In the afternoon, the governor was in Ebensburg, Cambria County to host a roundtable discussion on opioid abuse in local communities. The discussion was attended by local leaders and law enforcement and focused on their perspectives to best continue the fight against opioid abuse.Combatting the opioid abuse epidemic continues to be a top priority for Governor Wolf and his administration.“Since becoming Governor, I’ve travelled around the commonwealth hearing stories from parents, friends, first responders, and community members about their firsthand experience with people who have fallen prey to this crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “We must continue to use every tool in our tool box to combat this crisis, and help those who are suffering from substance use disorders.”Take a look at the coverage below: Post-Gazette: Opioid addiction is a problem for athletes, and Pennsylvania has a planGov. Tom Wolf, flanked by Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris and some of the leading doctors in the state, announced new guidelines Thursday meant to combat the number of overdose deaths from opioids that continue to escalate across the state. “This is a really important issue,” Wolf said Thursday at a news conference at UPMC Montefiore, spelling out the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society’s guidelines for opioid prescriptions. “I’m not sure there is anyone in Pennsylvania who hasn’t known someone with an opioid addiction.”Tribune Democrat: WATCH VIDEO: ‘Take back our community’: Wolf, local leaders discuss opioid crisisGov. Tom Wolf sat down with a packed room of Cambria County leaders Thursday and started a roundtable discussion with a simple question about broad, far-reaching problem. “What can we at the state level do to help you battle this (opioid) epidemic?” he asked. During a 30-minute meeting inside a Central Cambria High School classroom, Cambria County elected officials, law enforcement officers and educators from the county’s rural central region had no shortage of suggestions.Altoona Mirror: Opioids focus of Wolf meetingCambria County Coroner Jeff Lees told Gov. Tom Wolf that when he talks to families of overdose victims, he learns they became addicted at a young age. Last year Wolf signed laws limiting the amount of prescription opioids prescribed to children because research has found abuse of prescription opioids leads to heroin addiction. That’s one of the actions being taken to address Pennsylvania’s opioid problem that kills hundreds in Pennsylvania each year.Associated Press: State’s orthopedic doctors introduce new opioid guidelinesDemocratic Governor Tom Wolf was at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh on Thursday for the announcement of the new standards, which were designed to curb abuse of the powerful painkillers. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant   SHARE  TWEETcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Stops in Western PA to Discuss Combatting Opioid Abuse (Round-Up) March 17, 2017last_img read more

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Porter is photo finish winner at Arlington

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (July 4) – Kyren Porter picked up her first Arlington Raceway won of the season on Saturday before enjoying NAPA Fireworks Spectacular Night.Porter started sixth place and had the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact lead by lap three. A yellow flag came out the next time around but she was able to hold onto the lead following the restart, winning in a photo finish over Joe Regner.There were three leaders in the MN 93 IMCA Modified feature with Jeff Coon in front early. Clint Hatlestad got around Coon following a restart; Trent Loverude traded spots with Hatlestad for the following four laps and the two jockeyed back and forth for the remainder of the race with Hatlestad coming out the winner.Tim Bergerson won for the first time in his Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod career. Trevor Serbus prevailed in a caution-marred 95.7 The Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.Dan Dhaene was the third and final leader in a B & B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car feature that ran caution-free. Ninth starting Cory Probst won again in the Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

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Area Girls Basketball Scores (11-12)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresTuesday  (11-12)Columbus East  75     Batesville  34East Central  60     Franklin County  25Greensburg  60     North Decatur  36Jac-Cen-Del  71     Shawe Memorial  17University  64     Oldenburg  23Switzerland County  57     South Dearborn  37Union County  76     South Decatur  25Lawrenceburg  47     Madison  33Tri  46     Morristown  31Edinburgh  86     Indy Lutheran  36last_img

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Murdered priest with links to Lough Derg on the path to sainthood

first_imgA murdered former priest that served in Donegal is set to be made a saint, it has emerged. Fr Ragheed Ganni, who served on Lough Derg, is set to be one of the first formally-recognised martyr of modern Iraq.Fr Ganni, 34, was murdered along with three sub-deacons by Islamist militants in Iraq in 2007. Former President Mary McAleese has previously described Fr Ganni as a reminder of “the cost of freedom and the price of service to others”.Mrs McAleese, who befriended Fr Ganni after originally meeting him when he was volunteering at the Donegal Christian sanctuary as a young seminarian, said when he finished his studies in Rome she asked whether he would contemplate returning to Ireland only to be told he was determined to serve the Christian community in his troubled homeland.Speaking last month, Mrs McAleese, said: “I was one of a number of people, good friends of his, who tried to persuade him not to do that.“He knew better than any of us how dangerous it was, but he was quite determined that his vocation and his mission lay among his own people, his own family, in bringing them pastoral help and comfort. Fr Dick Mohan, who was Prior at Lough Derg when Fr Ganni worked on the island, said  he was “delighted to hear that news because Ragheed was a very special person, and many, many people who were privileged to meet him in Lough Derg and to hear him and become friends with him will be happy to know that his goodness has been recognised.”Murdered priest with links to Lough Derg on the path to sainthood was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Top eight takeaways from Raiders’ win over Rams

first_imgNAPA — With both teams resting the majority of their top players, the Raiders beat the Los Angeles Rams 14-3 Saturday night at the Coliseum.The teams had joint practices in Napa and neither the Raiders Jon Gruden nor the Rams Sean McVay felt the need to put their top talent at risk. Still, there were some things to be gleaned in the mostly forgettable exercise:TOP EIGHT TAKEAWAYS1. Raiders wide receivers shine: Even with Antonio Brown doing Antonio Brown things and Tyrell Williams not suited …last_img read more

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