SA develops sustainable blue economy strategy

first_img10 June 2014 The South African government is developing a blue economy strategy to help realise the full potential of its marine resources, Dr Monde Mayekiso, the deputy director general of the Department of Environmental Affairs, said at a meeting in Port Elizabeth on Monday. “South Africa has large ocean spaces and we are beginning to appreciate the value of this vital national asset and how it can contribute to our livelihoods and economy,” Mayekiso said. He said technology was helping to unlock the country’s marine resources, the sustainable use of which could make a meaningful contribution towards job creation in years to come. “Much of our ocean remains unexplored and … there is a need to urgently gather information and describe what resources are available and how they can be used sustainably,” he said.White Paper The White Paper on the National Environmental Management of the Ocean (Nemo) was gazetted on 29 May. Approved by Cabinet in December 2013, Nemo aims to govern activities and marine stakeholders to ensure optimal and sustainable use of the marine environment. The ocean economy has been identified by the National Development Plan as one of the key drivers to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030. Mayekiso noted that the policy would help give effect to the environmental rights in the Constitution. The general statutory framework is provided by the National Environmental Management Act and other relevant legislation, which envisages on a high degree of co-operative governance between organs of state pursuing economic development and those tasked with environmental responsibilities. “A number of key areas such as aquaculture, marine transport, offshore oil and gas exploration are crucial in growing the economy, providing much-needed jobs and improving prosperity while ensuring environmental sustainability and integrity,” Dr Mayekiso said. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 6, 2011

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Accessible Geocaching One of the greatest things about geocaching is that anyone with a GPS-enabled device can participate in the activity. Whether you are a parent with young children, an extreme sports fanatic or a disabled individual, there are geocaches designed with you in mind.As a Cache Owner, you can help fellow geocachers determine whether your cache is a good fit for their needs. Simply add attributes to your cache listing. Attributes are icons that indicate what to expect on the geocache journey and at the cache location. “Recommended for kids,” “climbing gear required” and “wheelchair accessible” are just a few of the dozens of attributes.Cache Owners who are planning to add the “wheelchair accessible” attribute to their cache page or are debating whether their cache deserves a 1-star, 1.5-star, or 2-star terrain rating should check out handicaching.com. As you can see from this video, just because the ground is flat does not necessarily mean that a geocache is wheelchair accessible. Handicaching.com will help you determine the accessibility of your cache based on five factors: distance to cache, route surface, route slope, route obstructions and cache height. When in doubt, mark the terrain rating as 1.5 stars and explain the details in your Long Description on the cache page.The ability to rate caches based on accessibility is not limited to Cache Owners; everyone can help. All geocachers are welcome to contribute their input at handicaching.com. Thank you for your efforts to make geocaching more accessible for all!center_img SharePrint RelatedAccessible Geocaching – Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 20, 2012June 20, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Etiquette 201: Cache OwnershipJune 25, 2019In “Community”9 Tips for responsible cache maintenanceJune 6, 2017In “Learn”last_img read more

Bouncing Back with Laughter

first_imgBy Mary Marczak“I decided I am going to be a prostitute!”This declaration never failed to evoke a big belly laugh from my parents because it’s part of my very devout Catholic mom’s favorite joke: A daughter is telling her parents that she wants to be a prostitute. Her parents mishear and almost have a heart attack. After clarifying that she did indeed say “prostitute,” the punch line goes, “Oh, thank goodness — we thought you said ‘Protestant’!”Humor and positive thinking has never been more important to your health than now. No matter who you are, collectively we are bruised from this brutal, negative election year.Barbara Fredrickson, principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has developed a “broaden-and-build” theory of positive emotions. Her research has shown that a person’s body reacts to negative emotions by heightening activity in the sympathetic nervous system (that is, the system that activates our fight or flight response), which has the result of narrowing our behavior options to, basically, attack or escape.Positive emotions, on the other hand, quell autonomic arousal and “broaden one’s attention, thinking, and behavioral repertoires.” This theory suggests that positive emotions lead to actions that are novel, expansive, or exploratory, i.e. broadening, and that, over time, these actions build meaningful, long-term resources such as social relationships. In 2005, the National Institute of Health (NIH) re-published an article by Fredrickson and her colleagues on the connections between positive emotions, positive thinking, resilience, and health: Psychological Resilience and Positive Emotional Granularity: Examining the Benefits of Positive Emotions on Coping and Health. In this article, she and her colleagues lay out the accumulating evidence of benefits of staying positive:Laughter and humor increases positive emotion, which in turn positively influence our immune system. Those who cope using humor show increases in levels of a vital immune system protein, body’s first line of defense against illnesses.Interventions that promote positive emotions are beneficial to health. One study had participants assigned to three groups: 1) count your blessings, 2) list daily hassles, or 3) control. After 10 weeks, people who “counted their blessings” reported broad-range of positive health outcomes including fewer physical complains, more time exercising, more hours of sleep, and better sleep quality.Laughter and positive emotions have been shown to benefit individuals who are already sick. For example, a study following people who were admitted to a hospital for cardiovascular-related disease showed that those who report positive emotions 90 days after hospital release had lower readmission rates. Positive emotions predicted readmission rates over above other factors like health status at release.The benefits of positive emotion may last a lifetime. Research that followed people who used positive writing and humorously positioning their earlier life trauma (which the authors call positive emotional disclosure) showed greater longevity.Positive emotions help coping and adjustments to acute and chronic stress and help to buffer against stress and depressed mood.So let’s find humor in our everyday life, share our laughter, and be positive. It’s good for our health!Mary Marczak, works at the University of Minnesota Extension, as the Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation.last_img read more

Army flag march in Itanagar after mob violence, film festival venue destroyed

first_imgFriday night’s mob violence in Itanagar, triggered by the Arunachal Pradesh government’s move to grant permanent resident certificates to six non-tribal communities, left one person dead in police firing and another grievously injured. The government clamped prohibitory orders and suspended Internet service. The Army staged a flag-march on Saturday. These measures came after protesters went on the rampage, destroying private and government property.The violence coincided with the start of the first Itanagar International Film Festival (IIFF) that was envisaged the Frontier State as a film destination. A mob ran through the festival venue – Indira Gandhi Park in the heart of the city – destroyed five inflatable cinema halls, cars and almost everything else standing.This forced the organisers, a Goa-based firm, to call the festival off.The mobs continued to vandalise property and burn vehicles till about 4:30 am on Saturday, much after Chief Minister Pema Khandu tried to douse the flames by announcing that his government would not discuss the PRC issue during the current Assembly session “keeping in view the present situation”.Officials in Itanagar said a mob – women and elderly among them – surrounded the Assembly building and threatened to burn it down. They damaged the vehicle of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at the gates as most of the other MLAs stayed the night in the Assembly for fear of being assaulted.The police resorted to firing when another group tried to storm the Secretariat building in Itanagar. A man from Kimin in Papum Pare district died in the firing while another person, injured, was being treated at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at Naharlagun nearby.Security was particularly strengthened around the house of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein as the protestors threatened to bury the body of the man killed in police firing at his residence. “We had to call in the Army for a flag-march to instill a sense of security among the people and clamp Section 144,” a senior police officer said.Mr Mein, along with Mr Khandu, had sought the granting of PRC to six of the Frontier State’s non-tribal communities – Adivasi, Deori, Gorkha, Moran, Mishing, and Sonowal Kachari – some of whom are Scheduled Tribes in Assam.These six communities are dominant in Changlang and Namsai districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Mr Mein represents the Lekang Assembly constituency in Namsai district.Internet shut, call for calmIn an order on Friday night, the State’s Home Commissioner G.S. Meena said telecom service providers have been asked to suspend internet services for the next 24 hours. “This is in view of the law and order situation to avoid rumour-mongering through the internet,” he said.The Chief Minister on Saturday appealed for calm, accusing “vested interests” of misleading the people over the PRC issue. “The government had never intended to bring a Bill on the PRC issue, which was blown out of proportion leading to misunderstanding among the people,” he said.A joint high power committee (JHPC), headed by Environment and Forest Minister Nabam Rebia, to look into the PRC issue had prepared a report that was to have been discussed in the Assembly, he said.“JHPCs formed earlier, one of which involved Takam Sanjoy, had also recommended PRC for the communities concerned,” he said, adding that his government would never take a step that would affect the indigenous communities.A former MP, Mr Sanjoy is the president of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee.Naga rock band hitOne of the worst affected by the mob violence was Nagaland-based singer, composer, and songwriter Alobo Naga, the frontman of popular rock band Alobo Naga and The Band (ANTB). He had reached Itanagar on the fateful day to perform at the film festival.Many of Alobo Naga’s shows across the globe have been in conflict zones. He had a first-hand experience of violence in Itanagar, the place he least expected to be “caught in the crossfire”.Winner of the Best Indian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2012, Mr Naga said he had never imagined in his worst nightmare that he would become the victim of mob violence.“Trouble had started brewing when I arrived here. I thought the film festival venue would be a safer place to park my music van than the hotel. This (Saturday) morning, I found my van burn along with my guitar, keyboard and other music instruments,” he told The Hindu from Itanagar.The van, he said, was worth Rs 25 lakh and the music instruments priceless.Other participants at IIFF too were counting losses like the Nagaland rock band. A Guwahati-based supplier of acoustics and tent material said the mob destroyed “almost everything” running into a few million rupees.Apart from damaging at least 20 vehicles at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre – in Itanagar’s VIP area – where the main screen of the film festival was installed, the mob destroyed five inflatable screens at the Indira Gandhi Park besides everything else standing there.“We had installed five inflatable halls with a screen, each with a capacity for 130-150 people. They are all damaged,” an organiser said, declining to be quoted.“Many artistes invited for the film festival were caught at the venue the whole night. The protestors did not harm anyone but cars and equipment of many artistes,” film-maker Utpal Borpujari said after participants were escorted out of Itanagar.The organisers had curated 51 films, seven from film-makers of the north-eastern sates, for the festival. The films included Bulbul Can Sing by national award-winning director Rima Das of Assam.last_img read more

Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.“Really brilliant,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “Hamilton’s drive was really fantastic.” Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (right) raises his trophy in the air on the podium after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany placed second and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (left) placed third. (Photo by OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)SPA-FRANORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.ADVERTISEMENT The 19-year-old Verstappen secured a podium with third place in China but has been hit with reliability issues since.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso retired on lap 27 — the latest setback as McLaren continues to struggle with Honda engines. The Spanish driver has completed only three races so far.The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is the longest in F1 at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and the race is often full of incident, especially when it rains.It stayed dry, but there was one heated clash between Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, prompting the safety car to come out after they made contact with each other on lap 30, sending debris onto the track.Their tense relationship is degrading fast.After bumping on the track at the Azerbaijan GP in June, they did it again when they touched wheels as Ocon moved on the outside of the track shortly after the start, with Perez responding by squeezing the Frenchman against the barrier.Later the pair came into contact again with Ocon’s front wing flying away and a tire dropping off Perez’s car as a result.This prompted a furious, expletive-laced outburst from Ocon, who was already unhappy that his team had pitted Perez for new tires ahead of him. After both cars pitted for repairs, Ocon finished ninth but Perez had to retire just before the end.The safety car stayed out for four laps, which was too long for Hamilton’s liking, and he used an expletive of his own to complain.“There was hardly any debris about,” Hamilton said afterward. “They did a good job cleaning the track.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Drivers worry that their tires lose heat if they stay behind the car too long.But Vettel failed to capitalize.“Maybe that was the problem, my restart was too good,” Vettel said. “I was too close.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ On a track more suited to Mercedes than Ferrari, Hamilton felt Vettel got “way too close” for comfort.“This weekend we definitely didn’t have the race pace. The car is not quite where we need it,” Hamilton said. “It was only just enough to stay ahead.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third — for his sixth podium of the season — finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas fifth.Ricciardo showed great race intelligence and opportunism to pass Bottas after the safety car incident.After 12 races, four-time F1 champion Vettel has 220 points to three-time champion Hamilton’s 213 heading into next weekend’s Italian GP in Monza.“The positive thing is that we had really good race pace,” Vettel said. “I’m looking forward to next week.”Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail.But Max Verstappen’s hopes of a first win this season ended on lap 8 when his Red Bull lost power.“I can’t believe this,” Verstappen said. His exasperation was understandable — it is the sixth time this season he has failed to finish the race, and some 80,000 Dutch fans had crossed the border to cheer him on.“I’m not happy at all,” Verstappen said. “I am very disappointed for the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.” NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Although it was a comfortable win for the British driver, it got a bit tense toward the end.“I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn’t,” Vettel said.With about 10 laps left, Vettel almost overtook his challenger as they emerged from behind the safety car.Vettel got his Ferrari alongside Hamilton on a long straight, but Hamilton edged his Mercedes into the corner just in time.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel, adding that he got his approach slightly wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more

‘Glitches are a part of big events’

first_imgArrival of athletes from competing countries may have been disrupted amid concerns about security and organisational problems, but Indian triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary feels glitches are a part and parcel of multi- discipline events like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics. Having represented India at the 2006 Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Maheshwary believes no major sporting event can be 100 per cent organised and according to plan.”I do agree that we shouldn’t have waited till the eleventh hour to complete the preparations, but minor hiccups are synonymous with mega sporting events.Although media reported the dilemma among competing countries regarding the safety and preparedness of our country, I was always confident that the Games would take place,” he told Mail Today .”The whole process of preparing the city for the mega event might have been slow, but trust me, the facilities are of international standards and the Games will be completed successfully.”Maheshwary said the athletes in the national camp in Patiala are focussed on the target. “We were never under the delusion that the Games would be cancelled. So we sweated it out at the camp.Being a part of the host country, we have to ensure that we put up a commendable performance. As a result, we concentrated on making use of the training facilities at Patiala rather than losing focus and concentrating on the turmoil in Delhi,” he said.”Also, the fact that we had a feel of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – which is world- class to say the least – during the Asian All- Star Athletics Meet in July, further strengthened our belief that the Games would take place.” Many feel that the facilities at the National Institute of Sports ( NIS) are the best in the country.advertisementMaheshwary also feels that as sportspersons from different disciplines got to spend quality time together augurs well for India.”The authorities also ensured that we got to train according to our competition timings and never complained. For example, I have my event in the evening at the Games, so I used to train once in the morning and once at 7 pm in the evening. Although the tracks are generally closed at that time, they used to happily accommodate me,” he said.”But above everything else, the fact that we got to spend quality time with athletes from different disciplines like boxing, wrestling and women’s hockey team, among others, also proved to be fruitful. We got to know each other really well.” Maheshwary said interacting with the likes of boxer Vijender Kumar inspired him.”I personally interacted with Vijender and he shared his experience of competing at the various ‘A’ class competitions like the Beijing Olympics and World Championships last year.Just hearing those episodes was inspirational.” Maheshwary last represented India in the VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split, Croatia, as part of preparations. Although he finished seventh, he isn’t disheartened.”My major intention behind participating in this event was to compete with the likes of Britain’s Phillips Idowu and not (necessarily) to win the gold,” he stressed.”Although he is not participating in the Games, initially I had considered him to be my toughest competitor.But Idowu’s withdrawal doesn’t mean that it will be an easy walk in the park for me. I expect tough competition from the African and remaining British jumpers.” Maheshwary is aiming for the gold. “I hope to win nothing but the gold medal,” he said.Although people feel that the pullout of the foreign athletes has come as a dampener, he feels they have lost an opportunity to get a taste of the Indian culture.”Even though it is their personal decision to pull out, it won’t affect the credibility of the Games. Every mega event has a few stars pulling out if not for security reasons then due to injury. So this isn’t something new,” he felt.”I think they missed out on an opportunity to come and get a feel of our culture, warmth and hospitality.”last_img read more