Sonjica said about 200 special prosecutors had been trained, added that she expected these courts to operate similarly to Labour Courts, in that they would only operate at particular times. Sonjica said the government would also be encouraging reuse of water, which the town of George was already implementing. The seven new projects include the Mokolo augmentation project to supply water to the planned Medupi Power station in Lephalele in Limpopo province, and the Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme project, which would include the construction of the Spring Grove dam around eThekwini/Durban and Umgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal. 14 April 2010 Sonjica said that with impending climate change, the country also had to consider other means of securing its water supply. Ruiters said water had been stolen at Mokolo, Berg and Olifants catchment areas, and that 250-million cubic metres of water had been illegally obtained over one year from Vaal. She said the department was busy drafting a policy on desalination, but that the drought along the Western Cape Garden Route had stalled the plan. Source: BuaNews In addition, four special “water courts” would be set up across the country and would run as pilot projects from May in a bid to crack down on those that committed water abuses. The department was using the rehabilitated a unit on the West Coast which had been in use for over 20 years, and was also putting to use a unit in Sedgefield near Knysna in the Western Cape. Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth was also interested in using desalination technology. “The problem is that water has been looked at as an after-affect when we plan for development, and we are trying to change that,” said Sonjica, adding that her department was considering desalination of sea water as a possible option. Desalination, refuse water usage Commenting on illegal water use, the department’s deputy director-general, Cornelius Ruiters, said a full-time unit had been dedicated to compliance and monitoring, and the department was engaging with the Department of Agriculture to combat illegal water use. Pilot water courts Sonjica added that the government had no plans to raise the price of water, while pointing out that South Africa was among a few countries in the world where the tap water was safe to drink. South Africa is shoring up the security of its water supply by ensuring the completion of seven major new water projects around the country by 2014, Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said at a pre-budget briefing in Cape Town this week.
The many visitors to South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM enjoyed our breathtaking sunsets, warm beaches, mountains, Karoo landscapes, bushveld, and wild seas, but they also saw a nation who’s potential is just being realised and people whose soul is built on an unyielding spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.Says Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa “We surprised the rest of the world with delivering one of the most successful soccer World Cup’s ever seen. The Mzansi awards recognise and celebrate those unique and innovative individuals who helped ensure that the 2010 FIFA World CupTM was an outstanding success, but also highlight positive role models that encourage pride and patriotism in our country.Voting to find the winner of the Mzansi Soul awards started on 15 September and ran until 4 October 2010. It provided South Africans with an opportunity to nominate individuals whom they felt their soulful contributions made the World Cup a legacy we can be proud of.The Five Top Nominees are:John Robie – 702 Talk Radio Show Host.Caster Semenya – World Class AthleteWyclef Christensen – A 7-year old boy who’s father passed away from a terminal illness but with tremendous courage managed rise above it.Lisa Steingold – Assisted her domestic worker to start a sewing business.Angela Larkan – Founded Thanda After School. Thanda uses already existing resources to provide daily support to vulnerable children after school, enabling them to stay in their community while being educated and learning life skills. After the votes were closed, Angela Larkan of Thanda After School received 80% of the votes and was nominated winner of the Mzansi soul awards.The award was handed to a delighted Ms Larkan by Miller Matola, at the recently built Fire and Ice Hotel, Melrose Arch.Said Matola “The Mzansi Soul awards aimed to unearth the stories of true South Africans, and all our nominees truly reflected the values of Ubuntu that have contributed towards enhancing the pride and patriotism of South Africans.We congratulate Ms Larkan, a worthy winner of the Mzansi Soul Awards.”“We stood together as a nation in support of our team and our country. We learnt a valuable lesson, that together we can do anything we put our souls into. We put our souls into delivering a most memorable World Cup. Let us continue with the same spirit to build a nation that we can all be proud of,” concluded Matola.Download the programme [PDF, 153kb] About the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Speakers were showcased, officer awards were presented, CDE winners were recognized, and parents of state officers were honored in this busy session. Attendees got to hear the Spanish (and English) versions of the FFA Creed and an inspirational message from National Officer Ruth Ann Myers as well. Luce Perez presented the official Spanish verso of the FFA Creed. Jerrett Crowthers, from the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA (and also a 2015 student reporter) presented the Creed. Equine Science Placement – Elysse Shafer, Clear Fork Valley FFA National officer Ruth Ann Myers was the keynote for the Fourth Session.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… OCR (optical character recognition) fans that are frustrated with the current offering of online services may be pleased to learn that Google Docs will now grab text from images and PDFs quickly and cost free. According to the blog Google Operating System, the new feature has quietly been pushed live by Google after several months of experimentation and development, but will it replace commercial software or online solutions?When uploading files to their account, Docs users will now see an option to run an OCR scan, which will extract characters and place them within a new text document. As far as accuracy goes, PDFs fair much better than images, especially basic black text on a white background. Tags:#Google#web I uploaded a picture of my business card and Google Docs had trouble recognizing the largest text and clearest text on the card, but surprisingly did better with smaller text. A test of a PDF document turned up nearly perfect recognition results, but Google Docs strips nearly all of the formatting out, spewing out the text in a stream of letters and spaces. Other examples from Google Operating System produced decent results, but far from perfect or useful.Additionally, when scanning a PDF, Google Docs does not save a copy of the PDF, so scanning to text and saving an original file requires two separate uploads. This feature is great for casual OCR users that want to quickly grab text from PDFs and some images or business cards. Those who rely on OCR heavily will likely be disappointed with the features and may have better results with commercial solutions. chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
As the Lautenberg Act’s lead sponsor, Senator Tom Udall, told Ensia by email, “Most Americans believe that if they can buy a product at the grocery store or the hardware store, the government has tested it and determined that it’s safe. But that hasn’t been true. There has been no cop on the beat testing chemicals to make sure they’re safe — even the ones in your home.”But exactly what the revisions should look like was a matter of considerable debate, and the new legislation was years in the making. Overall, the revised TSCA gives the EPA far more authority to act on hazardous chemicals. And while questions and reservations about the bill remain on all sides, it’s largely been greeted with hope that the new law will enable the EPA to do a better job of evaluating and acting effectively on chemical safety.EPA is already putting the new legislation into practice. But as Environmental Defense Fund lead senior scientist Richard Denison said, “It’s not going to be an overnight process. The original law dug a very deep hole that we have to climb out of.”As that process gets underway, here’s what anyone concerned about the safety of chemicals we all encounter daily should know about what the new TSCA will — and won’t — do: 10. What aspects have yet to be settled, and what can citizens do to influence them?Instead of hammering out chemical prioritization criteria and the details of how the EPA will evaluate chemical risks before the Lautenberg Act was passed, lawmakers decided to leave those to rules that will become part of the overall law. The rule-making process involves official public comment periods, so the EPA will be considering those as it writes these rules, along with a rule about potential chemical industry fees that will go toward covering some of the law’s costs. Initial public comment periods for these rules are already closed. The law also includes public comment periods before the EPA finalizes these rules, as well as for ongoing chemical selections and evaluations.And, points out Kathy Curtis, the executive director of Clean and Healthy New York, the new law leaves ample room for continued action on the part of state legislatures and citizens. This includes action on chemical uses TSCA doesn’t regulate and new bills on chemical use reporting — both of which have been instrumental in influencing which chemicals get used in consumer products.As many have cautioned, substantive changes will take time. But according to the EPA’s Cleland-Hamnett, the new law opens the potential for “a huge increase in human health and environmental protection.” But this won’t happen without public engagement on the part of those with a stake in the outcome — essentially, all of us. 7. Will the new law keep hazardous materials out of furniture and clothing?Because some chemicals used in these products (which aren’t covered by TSCA) have additional uses that fall under TSCA’s purview, the upgraded review process could potentially avert hazardous chemicals’ use in a wide range of consumer products. Elizabeth Grossman is an independent journalist specializing in environmental and science issues. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Scientific American, Yale e360, the Washington Post and Mother Jones. This post originally appeared at the website Ensia. RELATED ARTICLES 2. Will the new law make it easier to restrict highly toxic chemicals?Unlike the old law, the new TSCA requires the EPA to review the safety of all chemicals used commercially in the U.S. “The EPA is actually required to look at existing chemicals,” says Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. “Under the old TSCA there was no mandate that the EPA look at existing chemicals. That’s huge.”The new TSCA “gives EPA sweeping new authority to prioritize and evaluate existing chemicals so it will be easier for EPA to regulate these substances, if found to pose unreasonable risks,” says chemical regulation expert Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell.The EPA must also review all new chemicals and decide if they present “an unreasonable risk” to human health and the environment. If such risks are found, the EPA may restrict or ban a chemical. Under the old TSCA, chemical manufacturers had to submit certain information to the EPA before new chemicals could go on the market — but unless the EPA raised objections within 90 days, the chemicals could be sold without further scrutiny. According to the EPA, the agency has taken action on only about 10% of the nearly 40,000 new chemicals submitted to the agency between 1979 and September 30, 2015. EDF’s Denison says this 10% may be an overestimate.Now, new chemicals must be found safe before they can be sold, says Environmental Working Group legislative attorney Melanie Benesh.What the EPA does under the Lautenberg Act will, however, also depend on available funding. The law requires the chemical industry to help pay for the program, but the EPA also depends on federal budgets as determined by Congress. Udall says he “will be fighting to make sure the EPA has the resources it needs to do its job.” 3. Will the new law let the EPA act more quickly?Yes — in theory. The new law requires the EPA to prioritize chemicals for evaluation. It also sets enforceable deadlines for the EPA’s chemical reviews.By mid-December 2016 (within the bill’s first 180 days), the EPA must have begun to review at least 10 chemicals. These will come from a list of existing chemicals the agency had already decided to evaluate. Within the first three and a half years, the EPA must have 20 ongoing chemical evaluations. Reviews are supposed to be completed within three years, but that deadline can be extended six months. The EPA is supposed to issue any regulations within two years after that. The EPA can extend either of these deadlines, but extensions for one chemical can’t add up to more than two years.Given the enormous backlog, progress through the untested chemicals will still be slow — to say the least. In fact, doing the math on 62,000 chemicals shows it could take the EPA centuries to work through every substance. But given that the old TSCA had no chemical review deadlines, the Lautenberg Act aims to improve substantially on the decades-long reviews of single chemicals that occurred under its predecessor. Toxic and Non-Toxic HousesToxic Dust: The Dangerous Brew in Every HomeIndoor Microbes and Human HealthVentilation Rates and Human HealthAll About Indoor Air QualityStudy Linking Autism to Vinyl Flooring Stokes Phthalate DebateRecycled PVC Raises Health ConcernsCalifornia Law Addresses Fire Retardants in HomesMaking Healthier, Greener Foam InsulationThe EPA’s Indoor AirPlus ProgramHelping People With Multiple Chemical SensitivityGetting Spray Foam Right By ELIZABETH GROSSMAN“This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into law the bill that updates — for the first time in 40 years — the nation’s main chemical safety legislation. Called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to honor the late senator for whom this was a special cause, the law revises the Toxic Substances Control Act that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate chemicals used commercially in the United States.As Obama noted at the June 22 signing ceremony, TSCA was supposed to ensure that chemicals used in the U.S. were safe for human health and the environment. But, said the president, “Even with the best of intentions, the law didn’t quite work the way it should have in practice.”In fact, TSCA allowed the approximately 62,000 chemicals already on the market when it was passed in 1976 to continue being used without safety testing. It also placed enormously high hurdles for the EPA to clear before demonstrating a chemical was hazardous enough to ban. Even asbestos has failed to meet those requirements. It was widely agreed by industry and environmental advocates alike that TSCA was badly in need of revision. 4. What chemical hazards is the new TSCA designed to protect us from?The first chemicals the EPA will evaluate must come from a list the agency has already decided merit review — chemicals that pose concerns for children’s health, are carcinogenic, environmentally persistent, toxic and build up in fat or other living tissue, or are widely found in biomonitoring programs.After that, when choosing chemicals to review, the EPA must give priority to those with large exposure potential, those that are environmentally persistent and bioaccumulate, and those that are stored near important drinking water sources. The new law also tells the EPA to address chemicals that are likely to pose health and safety threats to those considered most vulnerable — including infants, children, pregnant women, workers, and the elderly.Additional criteria for chemical prioritization are due from the EPA by June 2017. 6. Will the new law do a better job of preventing chemical spills?While TSCA is not intended to address or prevent chemical spills, the new law’s requirements should eventually help reduce the impact of spills or other accidents. Among these is the requirement that chemical companies disclose their products’ contents in emergencies rather than claim such information as trade secrets. 1. What does TSCA regulate?TSCA regulates chemicals used commercially in the United States. That said, TSCA does not regulate pesticides, chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products, food, food packaging, or pharmaceuticals. Some chemicals, however, have multiple uses and so may be regulated concurrently by TSCA and other federal laws. For example, TSCA regulates the plastics ingredient bisphenol A when it’s used as a receipt paper coating, but the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulates BPA when it’s used in food packaging. 5. What chemical hazards will the new TSCA leave untouched?The new law authorizes the EPA to review all existing and new chemicals, to identify those that pose unreasonable risks, and to regulate or eliminate those risks. The goal is to leave no unreasonable risk untouched. The details of EPA’s risk evaluations, however, have still to be worked out in a rule that must be completed by June 2017. These — along with the additional chemical prioritization criteria — will play a big role in determining exactly how effective the Lautenberg Act will be at reducing exposure to hazardous chemicals. 8. Is the new TSCA likely to change chemical companies’ practices?Because the new TSCA requires all chemicals to be evaluated, it’s expected to influence which chemicals are chosen as product ingredients, how chemicals are used in manufacturing and how chemicals are manufactured as companies try to avoid using chemicals likely to be restricted or banned. This may also create an incentive for new, safer chemicals and finished products. 9. What are its implications with respect to environmental justice?The new TSCA requires the EPA to consider impacts of chemical exposures on those most “susceptible” to these effects, “such as infants, children, pregnant women, workers, or the elderly.’’ How the EPA defines “susceptible” and “vulnerable” and how it considers impacts to these groups is yet to be determined. But already, public interest groups have asked the EPA to consider social and economic factors.
Transfers Coquelin set for Valencia medical after agreeing £10.5m Arsenal exit Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:24 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Valencia Arsenal Primera División Premier League The midfielder is set to depart the Emirates Stadium after a decade in north London and complete a permanent transfer to Spain Francis Coquelin is set to complete a £10.5 million move to Valencia from Arsenal, Goal understands.The 26-year-old Frenchman has barely featured this season for the Gunners, having made just seven appearances and only one start in the Premier League in 2017-18.Coquelin’s lack of action has made a January exit appear likely, with the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace reportedly keen on acquiring his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the combative defensive midfielder is set to make the switch to Spain and will undergo a medical with the Liga outfit on Wednesday evening.pic.twitter.com/0RP8qac9Ya — Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) January 10, 2018 Goal previously reported the Liga side would prefer a loan agreement with a purchase option, though it is now understood that it is likely to be an immediate permanent transfer with Coquelin agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal.Coquelin has spent a decade in north London having made 160 appearances for the Gunners as well as having spells out on loan at Freiburg, Lorient and Charlton Athletic.He finally seemed to break through into the Arsenal line-up following his time with the Addicks, playing in at least 20 Premier League games each of the next three seasons and starting a minimum of 19 each campaign.Coquelin’s departure could be the first of many for Arsenal during the January transfer window, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and others looking for moves away from Emirates Stadium,