First and second-time drug offenders will escape criminal conviction for possession as part of a new policy to be announced by the government, it has emerged. However, the Government had rejected the recommendation to remove imprisonment for all drug possession cases as recommended by a special working group.The new “health-led approach” would mean those caught in possession would be referred to the Health Service Executive for a health screening for a first offence and receive an adult caution for a second offence. This follows the Working Group to Consider Alternative Approaches to the Possession of Drugs for Personal Use, which was set up to examine decriminalisation measures in other countries, including Portugal.However, the chairman of the working group, former judge and criminal defence solicitor Garrett Sheehan, issued a minority report saying any moves towards decriminalisation would be “throwing in the towel” on the potential of young people.Gardaí also issued an addendum saying that a system of adult cautions would make it harder to police the drug market and said the working group had failed to consider the effect of this system on organised crime.New ‘health-led’ policy to cover first and second time drug offenders was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
A youth panel discusses their vision of AfricaBrand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni, speaking at the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday, challenged African nations to co-operate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness.Soni told a gathering of more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives at the Sandton Convention Centre that this would require better cooperation and information sharing among African countries.David Haigh, Founder and CEO of Brand Finance PLCHosted by Brand South Africa and the Brand Leadership Academy and featuring several high-profile local and international speakers, the 2nd annual forum sought to harness African and global wisdom and experience to find home-grown solutions to improving the continent’s image and reputation.Brand Africa founder and chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, addressing the forum, said that a key to increasing Africa’s growth was to be found in “in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” which in turn required a better understanding of local environments.Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa Thebe Ikalafeng‘Brand equity’ counts in tough timesBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that, in times of economic uncertainty such as the world is presently undergoing, “brand equity” would attract direct foreign investment.“The return on risk is obviously a factor which will be taken into account, but a country’s reputation for financial excellence and maturity will be the real driving factor,” Matola said.Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara told delegates that the benefits of nation branding were immense, “as they have both financial and non-financial implications.“But it is critical to ensure that the country brand transcends political affiliation,” Mutambara said. “Our politicians need to be aware that, as nation brand ambassadors, they have to sacrifice political gain in lieu of the greater brand, the country.”Mutambara said that in order for Africans to gain international respect, the continent as a whole had first to excel.‘Country branding is not by accident’“Country branding is not by accident. It is a strategic, holistic engagement which is a long-term commitment, at least 20 years. Only then can we claim success on all levels, personal, national and continental.”He also highlighted the need for African countries to create pockets of excellence both to foster economic growth and development and to improve international competitiveness.Other speakers at the forum included international economist Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid and How the West was Lost, Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour, and Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising.Dr Vijay MahajanDuring his keynote address on the BRICS group of fast-growing emerging economies, Vijay Mahajan stressed the significance of Africa as a new market that could not be ignored.“Africa is richer than you think, and it is certainly not a ‘media dark’ continent,” Mahajan said. “In light of this, the BRICS economies [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] have both a direct and indirect role to play in Africa’s continued growth and development.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — Brazil’s political and agricultural leaders are incensed over global criticism of Amazon fires and deforestation and they are pushing back.At a conference Wednesday in downtown Washington, D.C., Brazilian agribusiness groups sought to shift the narrative by highlighting “sustainable food” and a “science-based model” for agriculture. They also strongly criticized the view that fires in the Amazon are due to illegal expansion of ranches and crop production.Nestor Forster Jr., Brazil’s Charge of Affairs in Washington, D.C., or top diplomat, didn’t mince words about Brazil’s changing views about the economy and environment under President Jair Bolsonaro. Protectionism in the country “is being demolished, being destroyed.” The country is undergoing an economic reform, which includes more private sector land investment to spur growth. Gross domestic product is projected at 0.9% for 2019, but the government has its sights set on 2% growth for 2020, Forster said. Forster dismissed environmental criticisms, which he said are “overplayed and exaggerated.” He especially challenged what he called “environmentally militant” views in European governments. Pointing to the 80% land reserve farmers and ranchers must adhere to in the Amazon area of Brazil, Forester said, “No other country has anything close to this requirement.”In total, roughly 31% of Brazil’s land mass is protected under environmental law, Forster added. Even with such protections in place, Forster pointed out grain production in Brazil is projected to grow 30% by 2030.Forster said he expects the U.S. and Brazil to “inch closer” to a comprehensive trade deal and noted on agricultural issues the two countries “are often on the same side of the table.”Yet, the highest-ranking U.S. official at the conference was USDA Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney, who gave a few brief comments about trade between the two countries and the U.S. desire for fair trade deals. “People sometimes fear the size and magnitude of the U.S. agricultural machine,” McKinney said, adding the U.S. is bullish, “but not Pollyannaish” about trade negotiations right now. “All we seek is fair trade.”At the same time, Bolsonaro on Wednesday was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brasilia, seeking to address some accusations Bolsonaro had made early in the year that China was “buying Brazil.” While President Donald Trump is trying to line up a meeting with Xi, Bolsonaro has met with Xi twice in the last month. Brazil is hosting the “BRICS” Summit, (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and each looking to increase trade with each other. “China is becoming more and more part of Brazil’s future,” the South China Post quoted Bolsonaro saying when he met with Xi.In Washington there was a repeated theme that U.S. and Brazilian farmers were not necessarily in competition with each other, but two western breadbaskets walking in lockstep. Tom Hertel, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue, challenged that argument, noting the U.S. and Brazil are producing many of the same commodities and selling to the same countries.“As a corn farmer in the Midwest, I’d be thinking closely about that,” Hertel said.The pushback against perceptions the Brazilian government is ignoring Amazon protections is critical for Brazil because agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and more than 40% of its exports. Agriculture makes Brazil relevant on the global stage, said Marcos Fava Neves, an agricultural professor at the University of Sao Paulo. “Agribusiness is how Brazil inserts itself into the world,” Neves said.Neves also criticized the narrative of his country regarding last summer’s fires. He and others sought to highlight land laws in Brazil that require forestry and savannah set-asides. Neves pointed to criticisms from European leaders, media and celebrities over the fires.“What you saw was wrong in July and August,” he said. “We have seen a fever all over the world that damaged a lot of Brazilian image and people did not come back to say ‘I’m sorry for what I’ve done, and that’s not true.’ … It was a huge attack.”The Amazon forest canopy, which is nearly size of Europe, had more than 70,000 recorded fires over the summer months, the highest in more than a decade. Critics complain Bolsonaro’s administration has greenlighted intentional fires with a willingness to ignore environmental degradation. Supporters claim the dry season in Brazil was more intense this year, which led to a higher volume of fires.Brazilians at the conference noted how the country went from being a food-aid recipient in the 1960s to becoming an agricultural powerhouse through a long-term investment in agricultural research. The country sent hundreds of students abroad to earn doctorates in areas such as agronomy and created ties to universities such as Purdue University, which co-hosted Wednesday’s event. Brazil also created its own research arm for agriculture, Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Geraldo Martha, a researcher at Embrapa, said Brazil’s investment in agricultural research has actually spared increased land use as farmers and the commodity industry have focused on intensification and productivity gains in both crops and livestock. Martha said, Brazil’s production growth has limited acreage expansion globally by hundreds of millions of acres.“Because of productivity gains in Brazil, we almost have spared another Brazil,” Martha said. “That was only possible because of the science-based approach Brazil has been on.”Yet, like the U.S., government investment in agricultural research is now declining in Brazil. Martha and others said such a shift is needed for Brazil to get its federal budget deficit under control. Speakers reiterated several times that focus on research investment.Pointing to government subsidies in Europe, the U.S. and some Asian countries, Martha also said Brazilian farmers are more likely to respond to market forces because Brazil has little to no government safety net for farmers.Getting to climate change and the Amazon rainforest’s role in removing carbon from the air, concerns were raised by non-Brazilians about the risks. “That’s where no one is really fully prepared for what climate change brings,” said Claudia Ringler, deputy director for environment and production technology programs at the International Food Policy Research Institute. “The Amazon is a big fuel source and we have to do a lot more thinking about how we can manage our reserves and forest resources.”Martha responded that farmers in the Amazon set aside their ground without any compensation. “The farmers are preserving 80% of their farms in the Amazon without any payment or incentive for it,” Martha said.In other parts of Brazil, such as Mato Grosso, farmers must place anywhere from 10% to 30% of their farms into reserves. At the same time, farmers are using no-till production systems on 11 million hectares (27 million acres). All of these efforts capture carbon in the soil without payments for those environmental services, Martha said.“At the same time we are mitigating the carbon, we are also building the system’s resilience because we have more soil dense matter that is able to capture more water and more nutrients,” Martha said. “So actually we are doing a lot of investment in these low-carbon initiatives in Brazilian agriculture.”Neves said agriculture makes Brazil “a green country.” Looking at the energy metrics of Brazil, the country right now gets 45% of its energy from renewable energy, which includes major investments in areas such as hydrological power from its rivers. Neves also pointed to the U.S. and Brazil both having strong biofuel industries and looking to expand ethanol exports, especially to China, which is implementing a 10% ethanol blend law.“This is totally a win-win for Brazil and the U.S.,” Neves said. “We are capturing money away from oil and bringing to agriculture.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country focus: CzechiaDecember 11, 2018In “Community”Underground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community” Geocache of the Week is the world’s most logged geocache. Any guesses?The Original Stash Tribute Plaque? No.The Geocaching Headquarters cache? No.Uh… Mingo? Nope.That cool giraffe cache in Berlin? Nein.Brazil’s APE cache? Not even close. Drumroll please… The most logged geocache in the entire world is, Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague, Czech Republic! The cache has just under 30,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues, and absolutely stunning. Have you logged this cache? Difficulty:1Terrain:1 Location:Prague, Czech RepublicN 50° 05.211 E 014° 24.544 TraditionalGC189E5by Benjo5 Swan LakeCharles Bridge from the northwestOne of many statuesThat’s a well-worn logbook!Night caching in the winterCharles Bridge at dawnCharles Bridge on an overcast dayView from aboveShare with your Friends:More
Aggressive drivers are excited for the outbreak of autonomous cars on public roads, seeing it as a way to bully computers that err on the side of caution, according to new research.The London School of Economics and Goodyear conducted one of the largest surveys to gauge attitudes towards autonomous cars, with 12,000 drivers in 11 countries polled.See Also: Most Americans say they’re ready for an autonomous futureOne of the key findings was aggressive drivers expect autonomous cars to try and accommodate all types of drivers. In a situation where the self-driving system is unsure of the outcome, drivers expect Google, Uber, and Tesla to build systems that avoid accidents at all costs.“I’ll be overtaking all the time because they’ll be sticking to the rules,” said one driver in the survey. “They are going to stop. So you’re going to mug them right off. They’re going to stop and you’re just going to nip round,” said another.Across Europe, U.K. drivers have the most negative view of autonomous cars, according to the survey. 55 percent of U.K. drivers said they were uncomfortable sharing the road with an autonomous car, and 83 percent were concerned the car might malfunction.That’s higher than the average for non-U.K. nations polled, at 39 and 71 percent, respectively.Driverless tech still looking for on ramp anywayAutonomous cars are still an emerging technology that is only available on certain public roads, in certain cities. The U.K. and Germany are leading the race in Europe, followed by France, which recently endorsed some autonomous car tests on public roads.Outside of Europe, the U.S., Singapore, and China are the main hubs for self-driving tests. Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are all funding tests, either directly or through startups.In Singapore, nuTonomy, a MIT spin-out, has begun shuttle tests, with a goal of launching the service in 2018. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#automotive#autonomous cars#driverless cars#featured#Goodyear#Internet of Things#IoT#LSE#Self-Driving#top Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry
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 Now Strategy is about deciding how you intend to compete and win. It’s your plan to create an advantage, and it is how you create focus. As a leader, you are charged with ensuring that your sales strategies and sales tactics are aligned with the company’s overall strategy; they serve as a guide to what you will do.Strategy is also a guide to what you will not do.Who You Won’t ServeBringing strategy to life means deciding who you will not serve. It dictates who you will not pursue as clients as much as it dictates who you will. It is the underlying foundation for both targeting (the dream clients you will call on) and disqualifying (who you will not call on).If your company is not the price leader, your strategy will dictate that you forego calling on prospects whose primary deciding factor for choosing a partner is price. A price-driven prospect needs value creation around obtaining a lower price, and your value-creation lies elsewhere. That’s a strategic mismatch.Some large, well-known companies live their strategy, and it is, in part, why they are so successful. Apple Computers purposely and willingly gives up market share in laptop computers by targeting and selling to a higher price point; they are willing to lose all of the potential laptop buyers whose primary concern is price. The other side is WalMart. They are the low price leader, but if you want a clean, bright store instead of a warehouse for your household shopping, WalMart is willing to forego your business.This guidance is critical to leading the sales force effectively. When you can tell your sales force who not to call and why, you free up their time and the resources to focus on who you do want them to pursue.What We Won’t DoTargeting and qualifying are also more effective when the sales force has been provided concrete guidance as to what you won’t do.If there are some things that you can’t, won’t, or don’t want to do because your strategy dictates otherwise, then helping the sales force to understand the strategy prevents them from wasting time pursuing the wrong prospects.If a prospect requires a solution that you cannot provide, if they have very specific needs that you aren’t able to meet, or if they operate in a way that requires something other than what you do, eliminating the time working on these prospects frees up time for better activities.Because you need to identify and move opportunities through the pipeline from target to close, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to serve everybody. You might believe that maybe you can find a way to make what you do work, or maybe you could change the prospect’s mind about what they need. And sometimes, you may be able to find a way. But the great majority of the time, doing so is a more complicated decision that means making a bad strategic choice.Your strategy should guide what you do, as well as what you will not do. It should also guide who you target and who you disqualify. These decisions are critical, and you owe the sales force clear guidance.
225 teams from across the state will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium this weekend to compete in the 2014 New South Wales State Cup. Teams will compete across 14 divisions, ranging from under 20’s through to over 55’s at the three day event, which will be held from Friday, 5 December to Sunday, 7 December 2014. Approximately 4,000 participants will take part in the event, as well as over 250 referees, coming together to participate in one of the largest Touch Football events in the world. Round games will commence on Friday morning, running through the weekend with the finals concluding the tournament on Sunday afternoon. The first Grand Finals will begin at 12.40pm on Sunday, with the Mixed Open final at 2.25pm, Women’s Open at 3.05pm and the Men’s Open at 3.50pm.Teams from Papua New Guinea and Japan will also participate in the event.Unable to make it to the 2014 New South Wales State Cup? You can watch selected games live throughout the event on the TFA YouTube channel. Stay tuned to the website daily as we provide links to the chosen games.Friday, 5 December8.30am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Newcastle City Knights (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_jO_EUj7GQ 9.40am – Western Suburbs Magpies v Parramatta Eels (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSco2Uvo3HQ 12.35pm – Penrith Panthers v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93-MEj87lbU 1.45pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s 20’s) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHPaoYrq128 2.20pm – University of New South Wales Bullets v Papua New Guinea (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=291CAiVpu-0Saturday, 6 December8.00am – Easts Roosters v Wests Magpies (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_62lKQuE09.10am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests Magpies (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5iEMfDOkEg10.55am – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5iEMfDOkEg3.00pm – Murwillumbah Mavericks v Wagga Wagga Vipers (Mixed Open ) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdCMiEwmHuM4.10pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Wollongong Devils (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P38D4OhvL2s4.45pm – Hornsby Lions v Easts Roosters (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z7zuSDnbgw Keep in touch with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 New State Cup:Website – www.nswtouch.com.au and www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch (#nswtasc14) Instagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSW State Cup
Schalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.”