Currys excited for ‘mini family reunion’ at All-Star weekend

first_imgTrash talking is almost sure to be part of the event.Dell doesn’t know what to expect once his sons take the floor. He said both are equally competitive, whether it’s on the golf course or at family get-togethers.“At my daughter’s wedding we played Liar’s Dice for about two hours and that was the most competitive thing I have seen in a long time,” Dell said with a laugh. “Anytime there is a game that somebody has to win or lose, you can’t give anyone the edge as to who is more competitive. We all are competitive.”Added Seth: “I’m trying to win it, so I’m going to target everybody. It should be very entertaining to watch us both shoot out there. But I gotta beat everybody, not just him, to win it.”Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson said he decided not to participate in the 3-point shootout this year simply so he could just sit back and “be a fan” and watch the Currys go at it.For Stephen, the whole idea of the amped-up circus-like atmosphere that is looming has him excited about the weekend.“It will be a packed house with our family supporting us for sure,” Stephen said.“It’s rare when we are all together during basketball season,” Seth said. “So to have everyone there, it’s always fun. It’ll be a good weekend.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The fact that Seth is involved makes it extra special. Stephen said that the family group text was “buzzing” when everyone learned Seth was invited to compete in the 3-point contest.The Currys have been prepping for this weekend for months.Sonya is taking care of the family’s logistics, including tickets, travel plans and hotel reservations. On top of the invite list are the boys’ grandmothers, who haven’t been to an All-Star weekend since Dell competed in the 3-point shootout in Orlando in 1992.“It was very important to us that they were here to see this,” Dell said.Former coaches including Davidson’s Bob McKillop and other family friends will be there, too.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Everyone in the Curry clan has been pinching themselves lately; the family has been downright giddy about NBA All-Star Weekend.“It’s going to be incredible,” said Curry, a former NBA player and color commentator for the Hornets TV network who still lives in Charlotte. “It’s going to be a mini family reunion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThere will be plenty of fellowshipping in Charlotte, including family dinners and group outings. Of course there also will be a little basketball. Stephen and Seth Curry will be returning to their hometown for the festivities. Stephen, a two-time league MVP, will join younger brother Seth in the 3-point shootout Saturday night at the Spectrum Center and then play in his sixth straight All-Star game Sunday.“This just has the feel of the Curry family All-Star weekend,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers FILE – Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors poses with his dad Dell Curry after their 128-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room.Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Stephen has his own guest list — separate from the rest of the family — and hopes to limit it to 30 people.“I want you to write that loud and clear so you can help me keep the list small,” Stephen said with a laugh.Most of the out-of-towners will be staying in a downtown Charlotte hotel, and Dell and Sonya are considering bunking there, too, so they can be close to everyone and not miss a minute.“I want to see my grandchildren as much as possible,” Dell said.Stephen and Seth arrived Thursday together in Charlotte after Seth’s Trail Blazers hosted Stephen’s Warriors on Wednesday night in Portland, Oregon.Their families came here, too.Stephen is married to Ayesha and the couple has three children. Seth has a child with Callie Rivers, the daughter of NBA coach Doc Rivers. And the players’ sister, Sydell, who recently married Stephen’s Warriors’ teammate Damion Lee, a two-way player with Golden State, will be in town, too.The Curry family has a community event planned in Charlotte in association with Stephen’s partnership with Under Armour.“We want to give back and remind people, hey, this is where they were raised,” Dell said. “We want to make this a special weekend.”One of the highlights of the Curry family reunion weekend might be the 3-point shootout where the highly competitive brothers will square off against each other on a national stage. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Caught between a rock and a hard place

first_imgDear Editor,With the latest Police shootings of three bandits on the seawall, this Government has found itself in a quandary. I made that statement on the loud call by the friends, families and relatives of the deceased for an inquiry to be set up to ascertain the “true” cause of those men’s deaths.The family members are true to their cause, because they are going on the established, age-old fact that whenever there is a shooting death of — and I would now use the words “alleged criminals” — by the Police, family members would readily assume the position that the Police shot “wrong guys”; that they “acted recklessly” in shooting “innocent victims.”Their argument becomes more compelling when you take a keen look at the criminal antics of the PNC when in Opposition. The Opposition then were particularly fond of criminals, referring to them in terms of endearment such as the guys are jobless, so they have no alternative but to revert to a life of crime. They were called freedom fighters, persons who were standing up for their rights — whatever those criminal rights are — even to beatifying them, draping their coffins with the national flag. These and other matters too numerous to mention were the criminal and subversive intents of the Opposition. Even when he became President, you would recall that, soon after his inauguration, Mr David Granger pardoned criminals, giving them a grand respite, releasing 50 of them back into society. The relationship between criminals and the PNC goes back a long way, so the relatives of those who died on the seawall are consistent with this historical arrangement between “their party” and criminals, so there is no need for them to change their strategy now? Mr Granger, please call an inquiry. Now, here comes the crux of my argument: would Granger succumb to the dictates of the family and his track record, or would he be honest and civil with us? Should he vindicate or vilify the Police? These are questions that he alone must answer. Should Granger decide to go the route of an inquiry, what would be the final outcome? Who should be the sacrificial lamb? Who should take the blame?If you would rightly recall, this was the strategy used to get rid of the former Commissioner of Police in that highly controversial CoI. That Inquiry was set up to look into the “assassination plot” of the President with a purposeful bias to get Commissioner Seelall Persaud out of office. If any of the above scenarios could be applied, then it is only logical that any such inquiry should result in the desired effect, in the dismissal of the acting commissioner.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

New WB Country Director: ‘Hands On’

first_imgThe new World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Dr. Henry Godfrey Rupiny Kerali, has promised a ‘hands on’ approach to Liberia’s development challenges. Last week, during his first visit to Liberia since his assignment to the three-nation portfolio, Dr. Kerali said that he came with the commitment that the World Bank Group can help Liberia and the other two countries most affected by the Ebola virus disease to achieve their development goals. On Friday, August 14, he paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara M. Konneh, who expressed profound appreciation for the World Bank’s support to the development process of Liberia, especially in achieving its vision for the 2030 agenda for transformation (AfT).Minister Konneh told Dr. Kerali that the World Bank’s support crosses many sectors including energy, roads, agriculture, health and education.“In all of those areas that we are making progress was made through your (World Bank) tremendous efforts and relationships between us,” he asserted.The minister further provided updates on the outstanding projects and programs of the Bank.The MFDP also mentions that the ongoing bridge construction going on by CHICO on the Caldwell road is being supported by WBG.So, “I just want to say thank you for that as we continue to work together as partners,” he indicated.Dr. Kerali was accompanied to the Finance Ministry by Ms. Inguna Dobraja and some senior officials of the World Bank Liberia office.For his part, the new World Bank Country Director thanked the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and expressed admiration for President Sirleaf’s able leadership and achievements.He recognized the challenges of the country and promised to help to resolve them; acknowledging Liberia and President Sirleaf’s strong relationship with the World Bank. “I am a hands-on person and want to assure you that the World Bank Program will start almost immediately; but will be preceded by stock taking. I also agree that agriculture should be prioritized because it is an intervention that helps to cater to the poorest of the poor and after stock taking, we will come back to the government for realignment for the next few years,” Dr. Kerali noted.Dr. Kerali was appointed as the new Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone on July 1, 2015. As Country Director, Dr. Kerali’s top priorities will be to: (i) work closely with the three partner countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with specific emphasis on post-Ebola recovery; (ii) manage the Accra office and lead and support staff and country management team, working closely with internal and external partners, to enhance results; and (iii) contribute to regional and corporate initiatives.Dr. Kerali, a Ugandan national, joined the Bank in 2003 in the Infrastructure & Energy Department in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region. Before joining the Bank, he was a Professor at the University of Birmingham, England, specializing in the development of transport infrastructure. He led the research of developed economic cost-benefit models for assessing the feasibility of infrastructure investments.Dr. Kerali holds a BSc (Eng.) from Makerere University, and MSc and PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK.Prior to taking up this new appointment, Dr. Kerali was the World Bank’s Regional Director for the South Caucasus, based in Georgia.He has previously also worked in different regions of the world, including Latin America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and ECA, and has also served as sector manager of the Bank’s transport programme in the ECA Region.As a professor, he has authored over 100 publications in various books, journals and reports. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BC announces inaugural Oil and Gas Week

first_imgIn the wake of booming oil and gas land rights sales this year, the provincial government has declared October 5th to 11th “Oil and Gas Week”.The Province has established the week to recognize a record-breaking year for positive revenue and industry growth in the oil and gas sector.Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld says the announcement represents the province’s commitment to encouraging growth in the oil and gas industry to ensure future economic growth, jobs, and opportunities for British Columbians.- Advertisement -The announcement comes as the local Oil and Gas Conference gets underway this week in Fort St. John.last_img

Massive crowd expected to attend Shandon Hotel and Spa Wedding Fayre

first_imgFEATURES: A massive crowd is expected to attend The Shandon Hotel and Spa Wedding Show this weekend. The dazzling event is expected to attract hundreds from all over Donegal as The Shandon Hotel and Spa plays host to the Perfect Bliss Wedding Show.With an array of local Wedding Suppliers in attendance to cater for all couples Special Day requirements and closing with an on-trend Catwalk from the PB Models from 4:30pm. Organisers are also providing complimentary admission for all patrons who attend the show.Couples will be given the opportunity to speak to the Shandon’s Wedding Team about the first class products/services available for your Special Day, as well as viewing the Suites and Sea views available from the Hotel – both out of this world!With first-hand experience of the highest welcome, accommodation, food and drink that awaits you at The Shandon Hotel & Spa we can undoubtedly recommend this Venue to any engaged couple.. Come along between 2pm & 5pm this Sunday 2nd October 2016 and see for yourself!Bar food is served all day!Review of The Shandon Hotel and Spa – by Perfect Bliss Wedding Show: Our Stay At The Shandon Hotel & Spa:“So before we lose our weekends and all the madness of the shows begin next month we decided to treat ourselves to an overnight stay in the amazing Shandon Hotel and Spa and what a treat it was!!“The hotel is located in such a beautiful location, the stunning views were the first indication of the amazing stay that awaited us. Upon arrival we were greeted in the modern and chic reception by the very friendly staff who checked us in and showed us off to our room were another treat lay beyond the door – the amazing junior suite decorated to perfection and overlooking the stunning Sheephaven Bay. Champagne and an assortment of delicious deserts waited for us inside – the perfect start to a perfect stay! “After relaxing for a while in our beautiful suite we made our way down to the newly refurbished bar with an open turf fire & a view over the bay, where we enjoyed a selection of expertly made cocktails and took in the ambience. With a vast menu of fine wines and craft beers and delicious bar food we were spoilt for choice however we had a table booked in the restaurant so made our way there for dinner. “Again greeted with amazing views, welcoming staff and a fantastic menu we would highly recommend the filet steak which was cooked to perfection and served with seasonal vegetables, potatoes and gravy. The restaurant has a lovely relaxing ambience to it and after dinner we enjoyed a few drinks whilst taking in the stunning views.T”o top off an already amazing stay we spent a very relaxing few hours in the tranquil spa with choice of first class treatments, pool, outdoor hot tub and beautiful views!  The Shandon was an all-round 5 star stay and the perfect ending to a wonderful summer break! We cannot wait until our PB Wedding Show there on the 2nd October and we hope you can join us and check out this stunning hotel for yourself!” Massive crowd expected to attend Shandon Hotel and Spa Wedding Fayre was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:CrowdnewsPerfect BlissShandon Hotel and Spashowwedding fayrelast_img read more

Donegal exhibition really is a must ‘sea’!

first_imgAre you drawn to the sea?If you call into An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, you will almost be able to feel the splash of the waves, such is the energy and movement in the paintings currently on display there by Rathmullan based artist, Lisa McGill.‘My grandmother and her people going back generations were all born and raised on Rutland Island off Burtonport’, Lisa says by way of explanation. ‘I’d like to think that this, for some reason, has a strong bearing on what I choose to paint.’ She spent many summers on the island growing up and still spends time there on a regular basis.‘It is no mistake that the Wild Atlantic Way has taken hold so firmly. We are a coastal people, and the sea is never very far away.’Lisa remembers when the last two full-time islanders left Rutland for the mainland decades ago.‘It was so short sighted of the government not to support island life. The policy was very much to relocate islanders on to the mainland. When I say short-sighted, what I really mean is strategic. They did not want to provide the resources needed to keep island life vibrant and sustainable. You can understand how the convenience of mainland life when it came to schooling and healthcare was definitely a huge draw, but it must have been a very difficult transition for so many people.’ Lisa McGill speaks of her own grandmother, Sarah Boyle, who, even though she went to work in America as a teenager and then returned back home, later married and lived off the island for the rest of her life, she still pined for the island.‘In her latter years, when as with many, confusion was setting in, she would worry about the changing of the tides and missing the boat to get back home to Rutland.’The sea also crops up on the other side of Lisa’s family.‘My father was from Schull in Co. Cork so from one grandmother to the other, which was, in those days, a gruelling ten hour road trip from Letterkenny to Schull, the smell of sea salt in the air meant we had finally arrived!’As a subject matter, it seems inevitable that Lisa McGill is becoming a renowned seascape artist. She laughs; ‘Yes, I think the subject has chosen me, and not the other way round.’‘At Sea’ Exhibition is running at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny until the 17th June from 9:30 to 6:00 Mon-Fri. Donegal exhibition really is a must ‘sea’! was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by StephenShare 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

Job Vacancy: Popular beauty salon seeks hair stylist

first_imgJOBS: A prosperous Donegal hair and beauty salon are currently seeking a Part-Time Senior Hair Stylist to join their successful and friendly team.Beauty Boutique Hair & Beauty in The Diamond, Castlefinn, Co Donegal have a full-service hair salon, offering cutting, colouring and up styling. The new team member must be a fully qualified and experienced hairdresser. They must be confident in all aspects of hairdressing including cutting, colouring, blow drying and up styles. This is initially a temporary position with a view to becoming permanent for the right candidate. Must be fully flexible regarding days available to work so must be available from Tues-Sat. Excellent customer service skills and the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team are essential. To apply for this excellent opportunity please forward your details & current CV to the following email address; or alternatively post your CV to the salon. Closing date for applications: December 2nd, 2016.  Job Vacancy: Popular beauty salon seeks hair stylist was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Donegal Rose Amy through to live final of Rose of Tralee!

first_imgDonegal Rose Amy Callaghan has been selected as a finalist, and will now go through to the glamorous crowning cabaret of the Rose of Tralee International Festival!Amy is only of the lucky 32 to make it to the final out of the 64 that began the competition.The 22-year-old Letterkenny woman will now be interviewed by Daithi O Se at the live final! To watch the competition, tune into RTE One from 8-11pm on Monday and Tuesday (August 21st and 22nd).Amy is sponsored by Century Cinemas in association with R McCullagh Jewellers.Good luck Amy!  Picture credit: Donegal Rose Facebook Page.Donegal Rose Amy through to live final of Rose of Tralee! was last modified: August 20th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:amy callaghanDonegal RoseRose of Traleelast_img read more

Selling when a rally is unlikely

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week several unknowns caused market volatility.Concern over the biofuel mandate and potential legal challenges regarding blender credits caused bean prices to drop.Uncertainty over Argentina’s agricultural policy now with the new government in power.Will export taxes be completely lifted on corn and wheat in Argentina?How fast will the Argentinean bean export tax reduction be implemented?Will the U.S. Fed raise interest rates on the 16th?This week an analyst in Chicago suggested that U.S bean carryout won’t shrink much this year, and with normal yields around 45bu/ac in 2016, a rally is unlikely. Basically saying there is substantial downside risk left in the bean market.After a 10 cent trading range this week, corn finished similar to last week.  Everyone wants to know how many acres farmers will plant next year.  USDA estimates 90.5 million acres.  Generally speaking, without a weather-related issue corn isn’t expected to be bullish long-term.The latest El Nino update from NOAA suggests the switch to La Nina is slow, meaning the chance for widespread drought next summer is low.  As always the market will continue to monitor this situation closely and respond accordingly.Market ActionWith uncertainty in the market and the general perception that it could be some time before we see any significant rally I choose to sell the following options:sold 1 – Feb 3.80 corn call for 8 cents premium (expires Jan 22nd)sold 1 – Mar 3.90 corn call for 8 cents premium (expires Feb 19th)sold 1 – May 4.00 corn call for 10 cents premium (expires April 22nd)sold 1 – July 4.30 corn call for 10 cents premium (expires June 23rd)By selling calls, I collect the premium upfront.  The strike price listed on each call is the price I’m happy to sell my grain for in that month.  However, if the price is below the price listed for the next futures month nothing happens with the call.  For instance, if March corn futures on Jan 22nd is below $3.80 (or below $3.90 on Feb 19) nothing happens with either call. If May corn is below $4.00 on April 22nd again nothing happens with that call and if July corn is below $4.30 on June 23rd nothing happens with that call.If corn is above any of the strike prices on the dates above then I’m automatically selling a futures at each of those strikes.  But I also get to keep the premium no matter what happens.  As I’m sold for the 2015 crop year I will then choose to roll these contracts to Dec 2016 futures.  Right now there is a 20 cent premium to roll March to Dec, a 15 cent premium to roll May to Dec and a 10 cent premium to roll July to Dec.So I could end up selling the following (against just less than 5% of my production for each call):3.80 + .08 + .20 = 4.083.90 + .08 + .20 = 4.184.00 + .10 + .15 = 4.254.30 + .10 + .10 = 4.50Right now I only have  25% of my 2016 crop sold, but I want to be at 66% by planting time, if possible.  I would like for all of these prices to be hit. Even if just the first 3 hit, I will have a 4.18 average against Dec futures sold. This meets profit goals for my farm operations.Why sell calls instead of buying calls?I know many farmers prefer to buy calls in their hedge account hoping for a big bounce in the futures price.  However, when I look at the price of options and the potential of the market going higher, the thought of buying calls makes me uneasy..I view the purchase of calls on the 2015 crop at this point a gamble.  Where can futures really go right now?  With March basically at $3.80 and knowing many farmers will sell at $4, why would I want to own values above where conventional wisdom says farmers are a seller?  In my opinion it will be difficult to gain much profit in the ownership of calls.  Maybe I could double my call’s value if I bought one, but that would mean that I need the market to move more than 20 cents.  Recent history tells me that in the near-term that is unlikely.I caution farmers to first examine the risk vs reward of buying a call.  Because as a farmer you are naturally long grain and you should to be a seller, not a buyer of grain.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at read more

Senate subcommittee taking a look at water rule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The EPA’s latest proposal to define which waters can be regulated by the federal government and which by state and local authorities is a vast improvement over previous efforts, Wyoming Farm Bureau President Todd Fornstrom told the Senate subcommittee on Fisheries, Waters, and Wildlife in June.Expensive professional services needed to comply with the Clean Water Act, he said, too often make it impossible for farmers to use their own land to its fullest.“Farm Bureau cannot overstate the importance of a rule that draws clear lines of jurisdiction that farmers and ranchers can understand without needing to hire armies of consultants and lawyers,” Fornstrom told the subcommittee. “The (Clean Water Act) carries significant fines and penalties for persons who violate the Act’s prohibitions. Historically, farmers and ranchers have chosen to forfeit full use and enjoyment of their land rather than go down the onerous and expensive path of seeking CWA 404 permits. The cost to obtain a general permit can exceed tens of thousands of dollars and individual permits can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Farmers and ranchers know these costs exceed the value of their land, which leads them to simply stay out of the regulatory quagmire by forgoing the use of their land without compensation.”Fornstrom praised the latest proposed rule for its preservation of the Clean Water Act’s partnership among federal, state and local regulators.“The CWA requires the federal government to work hand-in-hand with states, because the federal government cannot and should not regulate every single wet feature in every community, he said. “By drawing clear lines between waters of the U.S. and waters of the state, the proposal strengthens the cooperative federalism Congress envisioned and that the Supreme Court has long recognized as fundamental to the Clean Water Act.”last_img read more