Courts to protect SA’s water

first_imgThe Department of Water Affairs will belaunching courts that will address watercrimes that threaten the securityof supply to lawful water users.(Image: Graeme Williams, more free photos, visit the image library) South African Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on 11 August 2010 that environmental courts will be set up to address crimes that threaten the quality and supply of water.Sonjica, speaking at the Agri SA water conference in Johannesburg, said her department was concerned about the impact of deteriorating water quality in South Africa, as it’s among the most water-scarce countries in the world.She said the new courts would help deal with all water-related crimes, but that role-players in the agricultural industry should also come up with ways to protect the country’s water supplies. She named agricultural practices, mining and urban development as the main contributors to water pollution.“It’s a serious matter for us and you will soon be invited to the launch of the first courts because we want to strengthen our regulatory bodies in this regard. I understand that water pollution is one of the areas of great concern for the agricultural sector today,” she said at the conference.The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) will be working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users, the minister said.She added that unauthorised or illegal water abstraction was also a problem, and the department was strengthening its enforcement capacity to deal with such offenders.She said 14 water-management inspectors had been recruited and trained, and that the capacity of the compliance, monitoring and enforcement directorate had grown significantly.“We will intensify this aspect of our work to ensure that we bring all offenders to book.”Incentive schemesTurning to the issue of municipal waste-water, Sonjica spoke about the Green Drop Certification Programme, which encourages municipalities to comply with drinking-water and waste-water legislation put forward by the DWA.Being awarded Green Drop status implies excellent waste-water management and a respect for the environment and the health of the community.“Currently we have more than 50 qualified assessors conducting consultative audits on the management of the waste-water treatment works to guide local authorities in the direction of excellence,” the minister said.According to the Green Drop Report (PDF, 1.22 MB), released in 2009, 203 of the 449 waste-water systems assessed scored better than 50% when measured against the set criteria for quality and management, while about 7.4% of all waste-water systems were classified as excellently managed.Sonjica said the department was well on its way in meeting the 2010 target of assessing all the municipal waste-water treatment works in the country.She added that the design competency of some of the waste-water systems was stretched to capacity due to population and economic growth, which compromised the quality and management of the waste-water systems.“Shortcomings in the local government funding model as well as the skills deficit in the labour market exacerbate the problem even further.”In closing, Sonjica urged the farmers attending the conference to work with the department to fight illegal water abstraction.“Without effective regulation, your water may dry up or the quality may deteriorate significantly,” she said.last_img read more

French people are 20 times more likely than Japanese to cross the street on a red light

first_img It’s a decision most of us will face when walking in a big city: to cross or not to cross the street on a red light. Our eventual choice greatly depends on the country we live in, according to a new study. Researchers videotaped three crosswalks in Strasbourg, France, and four in Nagoya, Japan. After analyzing more than 5000 street crossings, the scientists found that more than 40% of French pedestrians crossed against the light, versus only 2% of Japanese pedestrians, they report today in Royal Society Open Science. Rogue red light crossers inspired pedestrians to cross against the signal in both countries, but twice as often in France as in Japan. The scientists noted that French pedestrians often followed other people into the crosswalk without checking the signal and were surprised by approaching cars. Further studies in more countries could help traffic engineers improve safety regulations on a regional basis, the team says. For example, a noisy signal when someone crosses at a red light could discourage other people from following suit—or prompt them to check the light before stepping off the curb.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Emma HiolskiFeb. 14, 2017 , 7:15 PM French people are 20 times more likely than Japanese to cross the street on a red lightlast_img read more

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhounds western pullout

first_imgOTTAWA – Facing pressure from rural communities and opposition MPs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions to Greyhound Canada’s decision to pull its buses from the Prairies, B.C. and northern Ontario.Greyhound’s news was “difficult” to hear for people who are already struggling economically but rely on the service to visit family, travel for work and get across the country, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Nova Scotia.“I have asked our minister of transport to work with the provinces, to work with communities, to work with the company to try and see what paths forward there are.”Trudeau was responding to questions from reporters on a highway in Sutherlands River, N.S., about whether Ottawa is prepared to offer subsidies to keep the service running or provide an alternative.A spokeswoman for Garneau would not elaborate Tuesday on options under consideration.“As stated last week, we empathize with Canadians who could be impacted by Greyhound’s decision,” said Delphine Denis.“It is an unfortunate decision that will impact communities, but we are encouraged by the recent expression of interest by Canadian bus carriers using different business models and equipment to fill some of the potential service gaps caused by Greyhound’s decision.”While bus companies have said they will aim to fill certain transportation gaps, they have also indicated that some rural routes will be challenging and that’s likely where the government will have to help. It could mean subsidizing less sustainable routes or providing financial assistance to drivers in small communities.Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick has said that the company has long advocated a community funding model to allow any private carrier to bid on essential rural services. Kendrick said Greyhound has raised its concerns with provincial and federal officials over the years and will continue to push Ottawa to look at improving transport in northern communities.Denis echoed Trudeau’s message, reiterating that Garneau is “reaching out to the affected provinces to see what paths forward there are.”Greyhound Canada announced last week it is cutting passenger and delivery services in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia.The decision triggered outrage and apprehension among rural and First Nations communities that rely heavily on the company’s service.Indigenous women’s advocates have said that Greyhound’s decision will put more people at risk.The issue of transportation along the notorious stretch of B.C.’s Highway 16, known as the Highway of Tears, was a major point of contention last fall during hearings at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.“We of course are reflecting on that element of it and looking for how we can contribute to solutions,” Trudeau said.NDP transport critic Robert Aubin criticized Trudeau for taking several days to comment on Greyhound’s departure, noting Jagmeet Singh, his party’s leader, called for action last week. “The communities impacted by the imminent transportation crisis in western Canada and northern Ontario urgently need a concrete solution.”Singh asked Trudeau in a letter to develop a funding plan that would prevent Greyhound from shutting down service on crucial routes.“This federal funding plan must ensure there is no interruption or reduction in bus service, so no community is left stranded,” Singh wrote.last_img read more

Remote reserve death triggers inquest calls

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe death of a man in northern Manitoba has leaders calling for an inquest into how nursing stations treat patients.The concerns come after the death of a 27-year-old man on a remote reserve in northern Manitoba.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler is in Manto Sipi Cree Nation and has this story.last_img


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Tourism Strategy calls for greater information disclosure and analysis Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Oct 2014 – Today the National Tourism Strategy consultants announced that the online questionnaire is ready and citizens and residents can participate by following the link… Tuesday, public consultation started in the islands with Grand Turk and South Caicos already covered… next week, Salt Cay, North and Middle Caicos get their turn to give views on a long term plan and development of Tourism in the country. Gary Brough, Managing Director of KPMG in TCI stated: “On Wednesday and Thursday of this week we had two excellent town hall meetings in Grand Turk and South Caicos, respectively, and we would like to express our gratitude once again to everyone who participated in these events.We are very much looking forward to our forthcoming meetings in North and Middle Caicos on Thursday, 30 October, Salt Cay on Friday, 31 October and Providenciales on November 3, 2014.”Guests to the country are apart of the survey too; for the past two weeks visitors have been filling in the questionnaire at the Provo International Airport. Brough added: “Tourism is everyone’s business, it affects all of us, and we strongly encourage as many people as possible to attend these events to share your personal views on TCI’s tourism industry. We also encourage you to complete our on-line questionnaire at and/or e-mail us at Hard copies of the questionnaire will also be available at the town hall meetings. If you would like to supplement your completed questionnaire with additional submissions please feel free to do so by e-mailing KPMG at”END TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Recommended for you Related Items:Gary Brough, KPMG, questionnaire, websitelast_img read more

Premier visits Five Cays gets standing water pumped out

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:five cays, Mosquitoes, premier rufus ewing, Public Works Department, pump, stagnant water Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – The Premier on Tuesday personally oversaw that standing water in Five Cays was pumped out with the help of the Public Works Department. It has been a cry for weeks that the water left behind by Hurricane Joaquin and compounded by a week of rainy weather was not receding, and the nation’s health minister went to assess the situation for himself. In a media release issued yesterday, the Premier said: “it was determined that the waters were not receding on its own and therefore posed possible threat to the public health environment of that community…” The Premier agreed that the standing water posed a myriad of challenges including inaccessibility, boom in the mosquito population and a threat to healthy water. In order to get that stagnant water pumped out in areas of Five Cays, TCIG had to adapt policy. Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing said: “it signaled to me that there was a need for immediate relief and for an executive decision to be made on an area of policy that currently restricts the personnel to focus on public access primarily.The Premier said the water was pumped out Tuesday. PDA takes rally to Five Cayslast_img read more

Minister exposes financial slackness at Straw Market Authority says site still at

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nassaustrawmarket Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – Financial skullduggery could be uncovered if the Public Works minister has his way, Minister Desmond Bannister is calling for an audit of the Straw Market Authority which spent thousands and thousands and thousands of tax payer dollars on themselves and with no oversight.    Minister Bannister was speaking in the House of Assembly when he dropped the bomb about alleged malfeasance or bad money management of the Straw Market Authority under the previous government and minister.The new Minister in his remarks exposed that for years and years the financials were unaudited; a direct violation of the SMA Act 2011.“The incomplete Audits for 2013, 2014 and 2015 makes it difficult to commence the process for an audit for 2016 and 2017,” he said.   The SMA kept no record of monies collected for the $25 per week government sponsored day care for the vendors, no copies or record of contracted service providers, the Straw Market accounts confirm that exorbitant cell phone bills were paid off to the tune of nearly $34,000,  the SMA credit cards were used to rack up big bills, there is no up to date information on the rent status of vendors and over $14,000 in Christmas bonuses were paid out to the SMA executives for 2015 and 2016, one year  the payment was not even made at Christmastime.Likely the worst of the news from the report given last Wednesday by Minister Bannister is that the Bay Street World Famous Straw Market is incredibly, still very susceptible to a destructive fire.   The Minister said a report was completed by the Ministry of Works and Urban Development since June and the Fire Prevention Section of the Police also handed in a report in July – both warning of the potential for fire and deficiencies in the alarm system.  Still none of the recommendations were carried out.A new chair has been appointed to the Straw Market Authority, described as a dynamo by the Minister and named as Kelli Ingraham.#MagneticMediaNews#Nassaustrawmarket Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Samsung to Invest ₹500 Core in India to Ramp Up Mobile Production

first_imgSouth Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly looking to invest ₹500 crore in India to increase mobile production in the country.Press Trust of India citing industry sources said the company is also to make use of the Indian government policy in this regard. The proposal for the aforementioned capital investment have been cleared by the Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY).”Samsung is working to invest Rs 500 crore in its mobile production facility in India. It had approached government in this regard to take benefit of policy announcements and other incentives. The investment proposals have been cleared at Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY) level,” a source told to PTI.The report also quoted the spokesperson of India as saying that the company is planning to increase its presence in the market.”We are looking at strengthening our manufacturing presence in the country, to fulfil our growing needs in the market. However we are not able to provide further details at this stage,” said Samsung India spokesperson.Samsung, the current market leader in the smartphone market, seems to be looking at the expansion of its production capacities in the country. Currently, the Noida facility is involved in the production of 35-40 million phones annually. Samsung Galaxy S3 is also being produced at the Noida factory. Although there were reports that Galaxy S4 will also come in an Indian-made version, not much has been said about it.According to a report from research firm IDC, 32.7 percent of the total shipment in January-March 2013 period has been shipped by Samsung.last_img read more

The Kapil Sharma Show Is it okay to relentlessly encourage bodyshaming in

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma ShowInstagramThe Kapil Sharma Show has been running well, but there is one aspect of the comedy show that often disturbs a lot of people.It has been seen that a lot of body-shaming jokes are made on The Kapil Sharma Show, mostly by Kapil himself. The host, who plays varied characters on the show, is often seen cracking jokes on his own team members’ body shape and size.Kiku Sharda, who plays characters of a female nurse and a villager lady on the show, is often made fun of for being over-weight. Kapil keeps addressing the character as “neck-less woman”.Kapil keeps making fun of his body-size with comments on his neck to his buttocks. Similar things are said about another member Sumona Chakravarti on the show. She is often made fun of in regards to her lips size.While the audience present at the show and special guests, either Navjot Singh Sidhu or Archana Puran Singh, all seem to enjoy the jokes to the fullest. However, there are many on social media who time and again expressed disappointment at such body-shaming being encouraged on the show in the form of jokes.Twitter is filled with scores of comments, old and new, slamming Kapil and the show. They are of the opinion that such jokes may appear highly insensitive to people, who lack confidence in their body shape and size. Also, they feel it encourages the culture of body-shaming.Meanwhile, The Kapil Sharma Show has apparently been facing difficulty in maintaining its TRP rate in the absence of Sunil Grover, who was one of the major attractions of the show. His characters of Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku bhabi were much popular and liked. A lot of time rumours had suggested that he would return to the show, but nothing happened yet.last_img read more

Base fare of appbased cabs to come down soon

first_imgKolkata: The base fare of the app cabs like Ola and Uber is going to drop in the state soon. Sources said that the base fare will be finalised keeping parity with the regular air-conditioned taxis. It has been learnt that the base fare could come down to Rs 40. The surge fare will also not be more than 45 percent.The app cab operators have given their letter in this connection to the state Transport department on Thursday. There was a high level meeting in this connection between the Transport department authorities and the operators.An Ola spokesperson said: “…We have been and will continue to abide by the directions of the Transport department and the government. We will continue to strengthen the Ola platform and maintain a fair-price policy for the entire ecosystem.”last_img read more