first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: ULTIMATE SURVIVOR EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

‘Plant a tree – save our planet’

first_img26 August 2008The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is calling on all South Africans to join in celebrating this year’s Arbour Week, starting on 1 September, by planting trees in their communities to help mitigate the effects of climate change.Tree planting remains one of the most cost-effective ways of addressing climate change, as trees and forests play a vital role in regulating climate, since they absorb carbon dioxide. Deforestation, by contrast, accounts for over 20% of the carbon dioxide humans generate, rivalling emissions from other sources.Trees also play a crucial role in providing a range of products and services to rural and urban populations, including food, timber, fibre, medicines and energy as well as soil fertility, water and biodiversity conservation.Arbour Week – themed “Plant trees: save our planet” – will set the stage for events around the country which will see government departments, non-government organisations, schools and communities planting trees.The campaign aims to promote improved knowledge of trees, particularly indigenous trees, and highlight the vital roles they play in the natural environment. It will also emphasise the role that ordinary South Africans in greening the country, just by planting and taking care of trees.SA’s million tree campaignThe week will also see the start of this year’s Plant a Million Trees Campaign, an initiative launched by President Thabo Mbeki and Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks in GaRankuwa, north of Pretoria last year.A total of 681 749 trees have been planted since the campaign was launched, with the Mpumalanga province having planted the most trees – 129 314 – to date.The department’s Arbour Week manager Tebogo Mathiane said that Arbour Week had become a huge success in recent years, with more and more people showing an interest in planting trees in their neighbourhoods.Billion tree campaignThe Billion Tree Campaign, launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Agro-forestry Centre in 2006 as a response to the threat of global warming has already reached double its original target.The campaign, which can count of the patronage of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Kenyan Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai and Prince Albert II of Monaco, has since planted two billion trees in 18 months. This year, the target has been raised to seven billion trees.Regional and national governments organised the most massive plantings, with Ethiopia leading the count at 700-million, followed by Turkey (400-million), Mexico (250-million), and Kenya (100-million). In terms of geographic distribution, Africa is the leading region with over half of all tree plantings.“Having exceeded every target that has been set for the campaign, we are now calling on individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organisations and governments to evolve this initiative on to a new and even higher level,” said UN Environment Programme director Achim Steiner.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Passengers want choice

first_imgAirlines passengers want choice and plenty of it. That is the unmistakable conclusion of a new survey by PricewaterhouseCooper LLP.In PwC’s US report Experience Radar 2013: Lessons Learned from the Airline Industry, the indelible lesson is “one approach doesn’t fit all,” says Jonathan Kletzel, PwC’s U.S. transportation and logistics leader. He says different consumer segments “from senior executives to budget-minded leisure travelers have different preferences and opinions on what constitutes great travel experience.”Case-in-point, DIY, or do-it-yourself travel options. PwC’s report says time-constrained, pedal-to-the metal business travelers are 1.8 times as likely than leisure travelers to use mobile devices to do routine booking and such. That doesn’t mean when things go really awry, however, that they’re willing to settle for virtual resolution of the problem. Passengers crave flesh-and-blood human intervention. “In fact,” says the survey, “two out of three flyers prefer an agent to help resolve issues such as cancelled or missed flights.”Just how well airline folks resolve those issues “is critical to travelers’ experiences and views of an airline,” concludes PwC. The less-than-satisfying revelation is that “49 percent of airline complaints and issues are said to go unaddressed.”PwC suggests “empowering” airline agents with the right kind of tools to really solve the problem, because bad news spreads fast these days. “99 percent of travelers worldwide share memorable experiences,” says the report. “Bad stories are told and retold.” Mad passengers equipped with mobile devices have a multiplier effect when it comes to how folks view flying, and that isn’t always good news for the airlines.No newsflash here, but PwC says, “Most leisure travelers want more space.” Leisure flyers are willing to pay a seven percent premium for more leg room and recline; six percent for more hip room. More carriers are willing to do just that these days, but certainly not all.As for being willing to pay up for moving up front, into first or business class, the survey finds “nearly one in five business travelers will pay for upgrades out of pocket.”There’s a not surprising 30 percent gap ‘twixt in-flight Wi-Fi usage separating leisure and business travelers according to PwC. A full 70 percent of business flyers demand wireless connectivity on long flights; leisure travelers spend about 40 percent of their time aloft using it.Then there’s bundling. Airlines are making a significant share of their profits by unbundling in-flight amenities: food, boarding order, seat pitch and such. PwC discovered lots of passengers, however, “prefer bundles that suit their travel needs and don’t require them to pay multiple fees.” The composition of those bundles differs by segment. Cost-sensitive travelers might like Wi-Fi, food, beverage and bags. Business flyers might opt for things like lounge access and luggage pick-up and delivery. The bottom line: whatever the composition of those fees, “building goodwill” means they need to be transparent.last_img read more

Lifters threaten pullout from Pak CWG team but stopped

first_imgPakistan’s weightlifters threatened to pull out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games after a showdown with their contingent leader over carrying the national flag at Sunday night’s opening ceremony but trouble was averted when officials sorted out the “misunderstanding”.Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifter Shujauddin Malik was originally supposed to carry the national flag at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium but Pakistan contingent head Muhammad Ali Shah ultimately carried it after a last-minute change of plans.Weightlifting coach Sheikh Rashid said his wards felt slighted and did not wish to compete in the event.”…my players will not feature in events and will come back unless Mr Shah apologises to the contingent,” Rashid was quoted as saying by The Dawn.But Pakistan’s chef de mission Mohammad Ali Shah said the matter has been sorted out.”There was a strong rumour to create trouble in the team. The reports were just rumours. There was a misunderstanding which has been sorted out after a meeting this morning. The matter is closed and all the lifters are training now,” he told PTI.last_img read more

Chris Gayle’s sexist remark leaves women’s rights group fuming

first_imgWest Indies’ Chris Gayle bowls against Sri Lanka during their warm-up match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka March 19, 2014. Picture by REUTERSA women’s rights group here has condemned as “sexist” remarks made by Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle to a female journalist at a media conference.And the group, Women Against Rape (WAR) headed by gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, has also criticised the response by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to the incident, reports CMC.Ahead of Thursday’s CPL clash here between Tallawahs and Antigua Hawksbills, Gayle, a former West Indies Test skipper, was asked Wednesday by the journalist: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”The 34-year-old Gayle responded: “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels”, before adding “I like your smile; that’s nice.”However, the CPL downplayed the incident, saying that Gayle was just sharing a light moment with the female journalist.”Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended,” the Antigua Observer quoted a CPL spokesman as saying.”The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended.”Wong slammed Gayle’s statement and also called on the CPL to elicit an apology from the Twenty20 star.”What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic,” Wong said, adding that the response from the reporter “indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy”.advertisement”She obviously doesn’t know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what it’s saying about her as a person,” Wong said.”CPL should demand an apology from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality.”last_img read more

a month agoRoberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join Real Madrid

first_imgRoberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid great Roberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join his old club.Neymar was linked with both Los Blancos and Barcelona this summer, but remained at the Parc des Princes.”Any player would want to wear the Madrid shirt,” the ex-Madrid and Brazil star said.”But the Neymar story is over. He’s happy in Paris and he’ll be the best in the world soon.”Roberto Carlos already sees Neymar being among the world’s elite.”[Lionel] Messi, Cristiano [Ronaldo], Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe are undoubtedly the best four in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

No panic from Trudeau government as USimposed NAFTA deadline auto tariff threats

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Despite no signs of a pending agreement, the Trudeau government doesn’t appear to be worried as the U.S.-imposed NAFTA deadline quickly approaches.“We are not going to be rushed into signing a bad deal,” Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary on U.S. relations, says, adding conversations continue between Canadian and U.S. officials and that it remains to be seen what could happen over the weekend.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.However, Canada’s transport minister is dismissing the October 1st cutoff as just a creation of the U.S.“There is no deadline on this, as far as we are concerned, we want a deal that is good for Canadians, and that’s the bottom line,” Marc Garneau, who also chairs the cabinet committee on U.S.-relations, says.President Donald Trump has threatened auto tariffs if there is no agreement, however, Leslie says Ottawa is prepared if that happens.“One of the options which relies, and will remain open to Canada, is to respond in kind much akin to that which we did for steel and aluminum,” Leslie says.While there is no indication of any formal high level meetings before the Monday deadline, Leslie adds anything is possible.“It means that we’re going to stay calm. We’re going to remain focused in trying to get a good deal for Canadians and protect our jobs and workers. We’re not going to be distracted from that imperative.”He adds if a deal is not struck by the 1st, it will just be the status quo since the current NAFTA will remain in place.Latest U.S. NAFTA deadline not firm but Canada’s window closing, say insidersWith the release of the text of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement expected any day, the political pressure is mounting on Canada to join a new North American Free Trade Agreement.Analysts and insiders say the latest American-imposed deadline for Canada to join by Monday is not set in stone, and that there is still time for the Liberal government to negotiate with the Trump administration after that.But they caution the window is closing and Canada’s time may be running out.The release of the formal text will come ahead of its formal presentation to U.S. Congress by month’s end, so the lawmakers can approve it by Dec. 1 before the new Mexican government takes power.U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada. He has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do that for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the 232 tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.last_img read more

Report says a number of buildings in Dawson Creeks Exhibition Park no

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek says it will be working with stakeholders going forward after a report to City Council found that half of the building square footage in Collins Exhibition Park should be torn down.In a release on Thursday, the City explained that it has been exploring the possibility of adopting a Sports Event Tourism Model for the benefits it could provide to the area economy. As part of this initiative, an assessment of City-owned facilities was completed to look for any current opportunities that could enhance the Model.While looking at the opportunities, the City said that concerns were identified at Collins Exhibition Park after Force Engineering Group Inc. was hired to complete an assessment. The report indicated to Council that several of the structures within the Park have reached their end of service life and can no longer be used. “Our report concludes that approximately one half of all the structures (by area) reviewed have reached their end of service life structurally, or pose a significant risk that they cannot, by building code mandates, justify continued use or operation.We recommend that due to the hazard level, the seven stables numbered 7.1 through 7.7 be placarded against further use, and demolition of structures commenced as soon as practical,” reads the report.City Council says it has met with the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the Dawson Creek & District Stables and Arena Association to review the engineers report and will continue to work with these user groups to explore possible options going forward.“We recognize the importance of the events that take place at the Exhibition Park, and we will continue to work with the groups to ensure its long term viability,” said Mayor Bumstead.The 2018 Building Structural Assessments Report is available for review below.last_img read more

New impact assessment bill for energy projects to get major changes in

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government’s promised overhaul of environmental evaluations for energy projects could get major surgery before the Senate is finished with it.Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act, fulfils a Liberal campaign promise to change how major energy projects get reviewed for their environmental, social and economic effects, with the aim of speeding reviews up and making their criteria clearer.Senators have received nearly 50,000 letters urging them to either kill the bill outright or agree to major changes on everything from timelines for the reviews to who gets to be heard during a specific review. The bill was already amended 136 times in the House of Commons but faces at least as many amendments in Parliament’s upper chamber with independent and Conservative senators indicating a desire for some pretty significant changes.Sen. Grant Mitchell, the independent Liberal senator who sponsored the bill in Senate, says he and the government are open to changes but that it is clear to him the industry does not want the bill to be killed.The Senate committee dealing with the bill decided this week to hold more meetings on it outside Ottawa but Mitchell said he is confident the bill will be amended and signed into law before Parliament rises for the summer.last_img read more