first_imgPRO Rugby’s director of operations Steve Lewis reviews the inaugural season of America’s first professional league Read former England coach Stuart Lancaster talk about PRO Rugby chief executive Doug Schoninger in the September 2016 issue of Rugby World – on sale now.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. “Then there was Ohio winger Spike Davis. He had played sevens but this was the first time he had played 15s on a consistent basis and he went on to be the league’s highest try-scorer.”Such success will surely be welcomed by USA Rugby and new chief executive Dan Payne, who was among the 3,400 fans present in Obetz.“He was pleased with what he saw,” Lewis said of Payne, who has not only played for the Eagles but served on the coaching staff.“I’ve known him a long time, he knows most of the coaches and he’s a well-known guy in the American rugby community, so we are looking forward to nurturing that relationship.”But did the general standard of play impress as many of the players did?“We had some blowouts in the middle of the season but if you look at the last four or five weeks we had exciting and tight games.On a roll: Standards in the PRO Rugby league should improve each year. Photo: Getty Images“So from my perspective we got the parity part right, we also got excitement and all the data in terms of ball in play, clean ball from scrums etc looks pretty good too.”GROWING THE GAMEFor that, Lewis is grateful to the input of the coaches. “That has been an underappreciated part of the competition. This has not just been an opportunity for players but also coaches, referees, broadcasters, the whole rugby eco system.“Sean O’Leary and Paule Barford have done particularly well in Denver and Ohio respectively in establishing a culture which was a huge factor in their success.”There is little time to dwell on that success with planning already well underway for next year, with an expansion in the pipeline – most likely north of the border into Canada.Yet the East and North-East of the country remain the key battlegrounds with 40% of the country’s senior rugby players living around the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.Big business: There are large merchandising opportunities for PRO Rugby in the USA. Photo: Getty Images“We want to expand from a sponsorship and broadcast point of view but we do not want to dilute the quality,” said Lewis, aware of the limited home-grown talent pool available to the league.The season has taken its toll on Lewis but he is understandably proud of what the league has achieved.“There were a lot of naysayers at the beginning. This kind of project has been talked about many times before, people had said they were going to do this, do that – the difference is that we did it.“I took quite a lot of personal satisfaction from proving certain people wrong.“When it became clear early on that we were delivering then those voices went away, so I think those people have now accepted it is a job well done now.” By Graham Jenkins“It’s been a wild ride,” said Steve Lewis, PRO Rugby’s director of rugby operations, as he reflected on the battle for the United States’ first professional league title.Ohio Aviators claimed a 32-25 victory over Denver Stampede in the final dramatic act of the season – but it was not quite enough to deny their title rivals the glory, with Stampede claiming top spot in the final standings by a solitary point.It was a roller coaster of a contest, echoing the fledging league’s first frantic few months as teams, players and coaches fell into place. The venues proved troublesome but also provided one of the stars of the competition – ‘The Village of Obetz’ in Ohio – that played host to the de facto decider.“It really was a ’Field of Dreams’,” said Lewis in reference to the famous baseball movie of the same title and its ‘build it and they will come’ mantra.“It literally was just a grass field,” he added. “We had to put all the infrastructure in but fortunately the people of Obetz were extremely cooperative and very welcoming. They did a great job and took the game and the team to their hearts.”Lewis knows that the long-term success of the league – both on and off the field – rests largely on replicating that across the country.“We’re aware that our ability to attract non-rugby people will be the barometer of our success and the exciting thing is that in places like Obetz we started to reach out and attract people who were not rugby fans.”FAMILIAR FACESStampede were led to victory by former Springbok Pedrie Wannenburg, who was one of group of high-profile players that also included the likes of ex-All Blacks Jamie Mackintosh and Mils Muliaina. They were recruited by the league to ensure both experience and exposure.Leading man: Pedrie Wannenburg was a key figure for eventual champions Denver Stampede. Photo: Getty Images“Wannenburg and Mackintosh, in particular, were real leaders in their respective teams,” said Lewis. “They all enjoyed being part of rugby history and pretty much all of them are interested in coming back.”And they may not be the only instantly recognisable names lining up next year with agents set to ensure Lewis enjoys little downtime in the off-season.“The amount of daily interest from agents of players and coaches has been significant. These guys are thinking both import and export. They are hoping to discover the next diamond in the rough, the next Samu Manoa-type of player.“But they are also looking at where they can place their players because there is this belief that our schedule works well for South Africa, New Zealand and Japan, although not so much Europe.”NEW NAMESHowever, the big names did not take all the headlines.“This year we also unearthed some good players that no one was aware of and they were certainly not on (USA head coach) John Mitchell’s radar.“For example, in Sacramento there was Langilangi Haupeakui, who came out of nowhere. We picked him up after the start of the season from a local club and put him in a professional environment for the first time. He was then drafted into the USA squad and earned his first cap against Russia – all this within a couple of months.Star name: PRO Rugby hope to unearth gems like Samu Manoa for the USA team. Photo: Getty Images“In San Diego, there was Cecil Garber. No one knew who he was and he ended up with the highest tackle count in the league. Breaking new ground: Denver and Ohio play in the first season of PRO Rugby. Photo: Getty Images TAGS: USA LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

first_imgAn industrial tribunal has ruled that a mother forced to work long hours wasnot the victim of sex discrimination.Aisling Sykes earned a six-figure salary as vice-president of City firm JPMorgan but was made redundant while pregnant in 1998.The tribunal ruled that she was so highly paid, the company could expect to”make certain demands in respect of hours and place or work”.Although the tribunal found Sykes, 39, had not suffered sex discrimination,it said she had been unfairly dismissed because of inadequate consultation.A settlement has yet to be reached.Sykes, who has four children, claimed her 14-hour days amounted to sexdiscrimination.She had asked her office hours to be from 9am to 5pm and to continue work athome in the evenings so she could see her children. But the company wanted herto work from 9am to 6.15pm.The ruling follows a five-day hearing in London last year. Previous Article Next Article Female City flier loses sex-bias claimOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgPolar terrestrial invertebrates are suggested as being vulnerable to temperature change relative to lower latitude species, and hence possibly also to climate warming. Previous studies have shown Antarctic and Arctic Collembola and Acari to possess good heat tolerance and survive temperature exposures above 30 °C. To test this feature further, the heat tolerance and physiological plasticity of heat stress were explored in the Arctic collembolan, Megaphorura arctica, from Svalbard and the Antarctic midge, Eretmoptera murphyi, from Signy Island. The data obtained demonstrate considerable heat tolerance in both species, with upper lethal temperatures ≥35 °C (1 h exposures), and tolerance of exposure to 10 and 15 °C exceeding 56 days. This tolerance is far beyond that required in their current environment. Average microhabitat temperatures in August 2011 ranged between 5.1 and 8.1 °C, and rarely rose above 10 °C, in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Summer soil microhabitat temperatures on Signy Island have previously been shown to range between 0 and 10 °C. There was also evidence to suggest that E. murphyi can recover from high-temperature exposure and that M. arctica is capable of rapid heat hardening. M. arctica and E. murphyi therefore have the physiological capacity to tolerate current environmental conditions, as well as future warming. If the features they express are characteristically more general, such polar terrestrial invertebrates will likely fare well under climate warming scenarioslast_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — Six Hancock County baseball and softball high school teams advanced to the playoffs.CLASS B SOFTBALLNo. 6 Ellsworth (11-5) was scheduled to host No. 11 Gardiner (8-8) in a Class B North prelim game on Wednesday. If Ellsworth wins, the team will play at No. 3 Winslow (15-1) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.CLASS B BASEBALL This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNo. 11 Mount Desert Island (8-8) was scheduled to play at No. 6 Waterville (11-5) in a Class B North prelim on Wednesday. The winner will play at No. 3 Hermon (12-4) in Thursday’s quarterfinal.CLASS C BASEBALLNo. 1 George Stevens Academy (15-1) earned a bye in the Class C North preliminary round. GSA will host either No. 8 Orono (8-8) or No. 9 Dexter (8-8) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.No. 6 Bucksport (6-10) was scheduled to host No. 11 LCS/MSSM (6-10) in a prelim. If Bucksport advances, the team will play at No. 3 Central (9-7) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.CLASS C SOFTBALLNo. 2 Bucksport (15-1) earned a bye in the Class C North preliminary round. Bucksport will host the winner of Wednesday’s prelim between No. 7 George Stevens Academy (7-9) and No. 10 Dexter (8-8) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MI — The state of Michigan, specifically rural communities, have been heavily affected by the opioid epidemic in recent years. Alpena, and other communities on the sunrise side are now getting some help to combat the problem.Jason Allen, State Director of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Division, says anyone in northeast Michigan is welcome to the resources.“The objective of this grant was received in our telemedicine area is to assist with the opioid crisis that is occurring in much of rural America. These grant dollars will connect multiple counties in northeast Michigan to help them to be able to have staff trained to help them to be able to provide access to additional services in areas that are struggling to get appropriate treatment.”President of Alpena Community College, Don MacMaster, says equipment is expected to be installed in the next three to six months.The resource will be open to all northeast Michigan residents, including non–students.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, Grant, money, opioidContinue ReadingPrevious Former Alpena resident elected to Swedish ParliamentNext Mio restaurant rallies for clean riverslast_img read more

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will take a leave of absence beginning immediately.Baer, 61, was involved in a public altercation with his wife Pam, 59, in San Francisco on Friday.The Giants board of directors issued a statement Monday announcing that Baer has requested to take time away from the organization.“The Board of Directors of San Francisco Baseball Associates is closely monitoring the matter involving Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.  Pursuant to League …last_img read more

first_imgIn the first half of the year, South Africa’s manufacturing value add grew by 5.8 percent compared with the previous year.The value-add in SA mining increased by just 2.2 percent in the first six months of the year.The country’s construction sector grew at a slower 4.2 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, when the sector grew by 7.8 percent.South African retail sales were 4.6 percent higher in August compared with a year earlier, although the pace had slowed since the end of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Strong investment by the state Gordhan said the government was expected to spend R811.2-billion on South Africa’s infrastructure over the next four years – 40.3 percent of this on the energy sector and 26.1 percent on transport. Real investment by public corporations is expected to grow by about 12 percent in 2010/11, much of this led by spending by Eskom on power stations, by Transnet on rail, ports and pipelines, and by the South African National Roads Agency on roads. Gordhan noted that the sustained investment by the country’s state-owned enterprises has helped to offset relatively weak investment by its businesses. Private sector investment is expected to recover, however, as higher domestic consumption lifts demand and as capacity utilisation in manufacturing rises for both the domestic and regional sectors.Unemployment According to the minister, South Africa’s unemployment rate increased from 21.9 percent in 2008 to 25.3 percent, with the global financial crisis seeing the country losing over a million jobs between the fourth quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of this year. High wage settlements – which in the nine months to September were 8.3 percent compared to consumer inflation of 4.7 percent – may have reduced the incentive for companies to hire workers laid off during the recession, Gordhan said.Development finance institutions Meanwhile, the government wants its development finance institutions to play a greater role in financing its development goals. Gordhan said the Land Bank had been strengthened with a R3.5-billion capital injection over the next three years, to help restore investor confidence and support emerging farmers. The National Housing Finance Corporation had secured international funds from multilateral agencies to help fund low-cost housing projects, while the government had recently increased the lending capacity of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to fund the maintenance of municipal infrastructure and social services. The government had also directed the Industrial Development Corporation to use its balance sheet to help distressed firms to stem job losses.Revenue, deficit Government revenue is expected to grow from last year’s 27.2 percent of GDP (R666.9-billion) to 28.4 percent (R761-billion) in the current financial year, touching 28.7 percent (R843-billion) of GDP in 2011/12. South Africa’s budget deficit is expected to decline from 6.7 percent in 2009/10 to 5.3 percent in the current financial year, reaching 4.6 percent in the next financial year. Source: BuaNewscenter_img 27 October 2010 South Africa is over the worst of its recession, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth expected to come in at 3 percent in 2010/11 after reaching 3.9 percent in the first half of the year. Driven by an increase in household demand and lower inflation, South Africa’s GDP growth is expected to rise to 3.5 percent the following year and hit 4.4 percent in 2012/13. Presenting his medium-term budget policy statement to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan cautioned, however, that one had to remain vigilant in an ever-changing world. Gordhan said Africa was set to become the second-fastest growing region after Asia, adding that the recovery of global demand, which was being driven by emerging economies, had helped South Africa to secure high prices for its major commodities. While China, Brazil and India are expected to grow by an estimated 7.1 percent this year and 6.4 percent next year, the US and EU are only expected to experience 2.6 percent and 1.7 percent GDP growth respectively this year.Performance by sector Other trends picked out by Gordhan include:last_img read more

first_imgThe Oscar Pistorius trial being broadcast live is an indication that media freedom in South Africa is in a healthy state, say reporters covering the case. Despite this, they believe it is being challenged regularly. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Jacques SteenkampCurrent affairs producer South African Broadcasting Corporation +27 78 219 5937 • FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial • Oscar Pistorius’ advocate: Barry Roux • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justice By Mathiba Molefe and Shamin Chibba With the Oscar Pistorius trial garnering international attention, it is no surprise to see some of the world’s biggest news organisations camping outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.Their outside broadcast vans line Madiba Street and their reporters stand outside the court building under a greying sky, facing the cameras, and speaking to television audiences thousands of miles away. Australian, American and German accents are among those heard in the crowd around the shipping container that serves as the Dros mobile kitchen. In the thick of things, journalists and camera crew gave their opinions on the state of South Africa’s media freedom.Michael Sammut, a cameraman for Channel 9 Network in Australia, who is in South Africa to cover the trial, said South Africa enjoyed a greater amount of media freedom and freedom of expression than his home country. “You probably have more freedom than we have in Australia. It is rare that you have court cases filmed here but it is even rarer in Australia. In terms of going inside, we are not even allowed to go past security with a camera so I was surprised that, on the first day, we were allowed to film in the foyer area [of the court] because that doesn’t happen in Australia. I would be surprised if we had this level of coverage in an Australian case.”South Africa’s media freedom was unmatched, said SABC current affairs producer Jacques Steenkamp, when compared to countries like Zimbabwe and North Korea. “They’re told what they can do. And if they dare cross the line they’re screwed.”He said the live broadcast of Pistorius’s trial was an indication that media freedom in South Africa was evolving. “It has to be adapted all the time as new [media] come in.” But it was being tested regularly. One of those challenging moments occurred on Monday, 10 March, when Judge Thokozile Masipa banned all forms of live coverage, including Twitter feeds, during the pathologist’s testimony stating that the details in the evidence would be too graphic. However, print media were allowed to report on it.Steenkamp was not impressed by the judge’s decision, saying that Masipa seemed not to know what media freedom entailed. “Twitter is just a form of freedom of expression. A precedent was almost created that in other cases this could happen as well, where the prosecution and the defence can basically decide that they want to just stop all kinds of information going out of the court room.”With elections coming up, political parties would test the media. “The Economic Freedom Front were here the other day. Someone was injured badly and its members attacked the journalists, saying that they’re going to kill them if they dare report [the incident]. That kind of takes media freedom away when certain people’s viewpoints come into the matter.” Social media’s effects on reportageSteenkamp, who has tweeted about other high profile events, including the Griekwastad murder trial and the Marikana Commission, was in favour of Twitter because of its immediacy. “Twitter is very direct. It just gets you there and it connects the entire world.”In the Griekwastad trial, a 17-year-old boy stands accused of killing farmer Deon Steenkamp, aged 44, his wife Christel, aged 43, and raping and killing their daughter, Marthella, aged 14. On 12 December 2013, it was postponed to 18 March, after the accused’s legal team was fired.While social media networks did have their merits, one could not overlook the possibility of errors occurring when information was shared immediately. “I’ve made a mistake, like when Oscar [Pistorius] pleaded not guilty… I tweeted that he pleaded guilty until I was allowed to correct myself. But mistakes are made; it’s human nature. You can’t get by it but I think in the larger sense of things it’s a free-flowing democracy.”Having just 144 characters in a tweet limited the journalist in what he or she could say and forced them to paraphrase, Steenkamp noted. “As a journalist, I have to include SABC News’s hashtag and Oscar Pistorius’s hashtag, so [I] have very limited space to tweet. It’s kind of an art form to get accustomed to though, to be able to narrow it down in such a way that you can still tell what occurred.”He said that as representatives of the public, journalists were supposed to be allowed to report on any events that took place. However, he acknowledged that such reporting had to be done within the confines of the law.Sammut said Twitter was the best way to keep up with events occurring inside the court while he waited outside. “I’ve been keeping up with Twitter so I know when they are taking a break and being adjourned. That sometimes happens in Australia as well.” Not willing to talkThe first day of the trial may have attracted more than 300 journalists from around the world, but as it has worn on, the media scrum has decreased. By 12 March, just a handful of the major international and South African news organisations remained.Asked about the state of South Africa’s media freedom, almost all of the international media refused to comment, saying that they would have to ask their editors or public relations officers, who sat in offices in London or New York, for permission.Associated Press’s senior television producer, Rob Celliers, said he and his organisation did not have a point of view on anything regarding either the Pistorius case or media freedom. He was only there to cover events as they unfolded. “It’s not up to me to comment on whether the justice system is oppressive or needs to be looked at. It’s just not what we do.”He did say, though, that interest in the Pistorius trial had been phenomenal. “The interest has been immense for the fact that Oscar is who he is and what he has achieved as a paraplegic in the Olympic Games.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Senior Research Associate, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramWell, it’s been a while since we’ve written about the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), so everyone had to know we were overdue for WOTUS news!On Dec. 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced the Trump Administration’s so-called “straightforward” new definition of WOTUS under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Publication of the proposed rule was delayed due to the federal government shutdown in December and January. The proposed rule was finally published in the Federal Register on Feb. 14, 2019. Interested parties can comment on the proposed WOTUS rule until April 15, 2019. Information on how to comment can be found here, and the proposed rule in its entirety can be found here. Out with the old WOTUS…The new definition would replace the 2015 definition of WOTUS promulgated under the Obama Administration. The 2015 definition is codified at 33 CFR 328. The 2015 definition defined waters of the United States as:All waters which are currently used, or were used in the past, or may be susceptible to use in interstate or foreign commerce, including all waters which are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide;All interstate waters including interstate wetlands;All other waters such as intrastate lakes, rivers, streams (including intermittent streams), mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, or natural ponds, the use, degradation or destruction of which could affect interstate or foreign commerce including any such waters:Which are or could be used by interstate or foreign travelers for recreational or other purposes; orFrom which fish or shellfish are or could be taken and sold in interstate or foreign commerce; orWhich are used or could be used for industrial purpose by industries in interstate commerce;All impoundments of waters otherwise defined as waters of the United States under the definition;Tributaries of waters identified in paragraphs (a) (1) through (4) of this section;The territorial seas;Wetlands adjacent to waters (other than waters that are themselves wetlands) identified in paragraphs (a) (1) through (6) of this section.Waters of the United States do not include prior converted cropland. Notwithstanding the determination of an area’s status as prior converted cropland by any other Federal agency, for the purposes of the Clean Water Act, the final authority regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction remains with the EPA.The 2015 definition also noted that “[w]aste treatment systems, including treatment ponds or lagoons designed to meet requirements of CWA…are not waters of the United States” (emphasis added). …In with the new WOTUSThe Trump Administration’s new proposed definition of WOTUS would make significant changes to the definition listed above. Under the new proposed rule, section (a) of §328.3 would define waters of the United States as:Waters which are currently used, or were used in the past, or may be susceptible to use in interstate or foreign commerce, including the territorial seas and waters which are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide;Tributaries of waters identified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section;Ditches that satisfy any of the conditions identified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, ditches constructed in a tributary or that relocate or alter a tributary as long as those ditches also satisfy the conditions of the tributary definition, and ditches constructed in an adjacent wetland as long as those ditches also satisfy the conditions of the tributary definition;Lakes and ponds that satisfy any of the conditions identified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, lakes and ponds that contribute perennial or intermittent flow to a water identified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section in a typical year either directly or indirectly through a water(s) identified in paragraphs (a)(2) through (6) of this section or through water features identified in paragraph (b) of this section so long as those water features convey perennial or intermittent flow downstream, and lakes and ponds that are flooded by a water identified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (5) of this section in a typical year;Impoundments of waters identified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (4) and (6) of this section; andAdjacent wetlands to waters identified in paragraphs (a) (1) through (5) of this section.Every other type of water in this proposed definition relates back to the waters described in (1), which the EPA describes as “traditional navigable waters.” For example, tributaries that are WOTUS would be those bodies of water that empty into or connect to traditional navigable waters. Similarly, lakes and ponds are WOTUS under the definition if they are traditional navigable waters themselves, or if they flow regularly into traditional navigable waters. An EPA fact sheet, available here, is very helpful in understanding what is included under the proposed WOTUS definition. It describes the six proposed categories of WOTUS in layman’s terms, and provides examples of bodies of water that fall under each category.The newly proposed rule also greatly expands the list of waters that are not waters of the United States in section (b):Waters or water features that are not identified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (6) of this section;Groundwater, including groundwater drained through subsurface drainage systems;Ephemeral features and diffuse stormwater run-off, including directional sheet flow over upland;Ditches that are not identified in paragraph (a)(3) of this section;Prior converted cropland;Artificially irrigated areas, including fields flooded for rice or cranberry growing, that would revert to upland should application of irrigation water to that area cease;Artificial lakes and ponds constructed in upland (including water storage reservoirs, farm and stock watering ponds, and log cleaning ponds) which are not identified in paragraph (a)(4) or (a)(5) of this section;Water-filled depressions created in upland incidental to mining or construction activity, and pits excavated in upland for the purpose of obtaining fill, sand, or gravel;Stormwater control features excavated or constructed in upland to convey, treat, infiltrate or store stormwater run-off;Wastewater recycling structures constructed in upland, such as detention, retention and infiltration basins and ponds, and groundwater recharge basins; andWaste treatment systems. Notable differences between 2015 rule and proposed ruleJust glancing at the two rules, it is obvious that there are major differences in how WOTUS is defined. EPA has a useful fact sheet (highly recommended reading) outlining the “key proposed changes” and how they compare to the 2015 WOTUS rule, as well as to the pre-2015 WOTUS rule. Overall, it appears that the number of water bodies considered WOTUS would decrease under the proposed rule. EPA argues that limiting the number of waters classified as WOTUS would give more power to the states to regulate waters as they see fit.One major change is that under the proposed rule, tributaries that are “ephemeral” (meaning they’re not around for a great deal of time, and/or may be there because of rainfall or snowmelt, etc.), are not considered to be WOTUS. Similarly, the number of ditches considered to be WOTUS would decrease under the new rule. Upland ditches and ephemeral ditches would no longer fall under WOTUS. The number of wetlands considered WOTUS would also take a hit under the new rule. Wetlands would either have to “abut” other WOTUS or “have a direct hydrological surface connection” to WOTUS in a “typical year” to fall under the new definition. Furthermore, wetlands would no longer be considered to be “adjacent,” and therefore connected to WOTUS, if they are “physically separated from jurisdictional waters by a berm, dike, or other barrier.” Finally, you guessed it— the number of lakes and ponds considered WOTUS would also be reduced, since they would no longer connect through “adjacent” wetlands. What’s next?It’s important to remember that this new WOTUS rule is not currently effective — they are just proposed rules, open to public comment. In the meantime, due to litigation, what qualifies as WOTUS depends on the state. EPA has a map depicting which definition of WOTUS currently applies where. In some states, the 2015 rule applies, and in others the pre-2015 rule applies. Obama’s 2015 rule applies in Ohio at this time. If the proposed rule makes it through the rulemaking process and goes into effect, it will replace the 2015 and pre-2015 rules, and barring any other lawsuits, will apply nationwide. The ultimate implementation of this rule is anything but certain; changes and challenges to the rule are likely to occur.last_img read more

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft Combine“Hi guys, Everything is good! It is understood that I am officially under contract in Hong Kong, so I could not be at the PBA Draft Combine,” Standhardinger posted on his Twitter account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My agent has already informed PBA officials in advance. Looking forward to seeing you all at Draft Day!” he wrote.Standhardinger, who is projected to be this year’s top overall pick, is currently in Hong Kong practicing with the Long Lions. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next UAAP Starting 5: Week 7 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comAfter skipping the Draft Combine on Monday, Christian Standhardinger assured that he will attend the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Fil-German big man shared that he had already notified the league of his absence in the mandatory combine weeks ahead due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.ADVERTISEMENT The draft will take place at Robinsons Place Manila. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more