South Africa to begin smart ID roll-out

first_img17 May 2013 South Africa will begin rolling out its new smart card IDs in the third quarter of the year, issuing them to to all first-time and re-issue applicants, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor announced earlier this month. The Cabinet welcomed the announcement at its fortnightly meeting in Pretoria this week, with Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams calling on South Africans to support the process in an effort to ensure that all citizens had their smart card IDs by 2020. “This key milestone holds the potential to speed up government services while cutting down on crime and corruption involving identity documents,” Williams said on Thursday. The new smart card IDs will contain microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual. The information on the chip will be laser-engraved to prevent tampering. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart card ID will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. The Department of Home Affairs plans to issue the smart card ID to all South Africans over the next eight years as it phases out the current green bar-coded ID book. To begin with, 27 Home Affairs regional offices, three in each province, will process smart card IDs, with more offices to follow suit over the next three years. Pandor said the cost of the smart card IDs would be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded ID, which currently costs R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. According to Pandor, the new ID will take about three days for applicants to receive – compared to a 54-day turnaround time for the green bar-coded ID. She also gave her assurance that those in possession of the new IDs would be able to use them to vote in next year’s general elections. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brown Butterfly Plastic Rhinestone Decor French Hair Clip Barrette – Great value for money

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Stay healthy while traveling when you can’t drink the water

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Karen Mancl, Professor Food, Agricultural & Biological EngineeringIt is a shame to get sick on vacation. Camping and hiking spots in remote areas may have unsanitary water supplies. Most importantly traveling outside the United States poses a risk to travelers, since water treatment is not as reliable in other countries. What can you do to protect yourself and your family from getting sick?Boil water before drinking is the standard recommendation. Boiling water for just a minute is extremely effective at killing bacteria and parasites that can make people sick. When is doubt – drink boiled water! Any heat source – electric or gas range, camp stove, wood fire and even a microwave oven – heats water to boiling temperatures and kills disease-causing microbes.What if you can’t boil the water? If boiling water might not be feasible. Other disinfection options are available.Disinfection tablets containing chlorine or iodine are available for campers and travelers to disinfect a small volume of water. Many different companies market disinfection tablets that can be easily added to water bottles. Always follow the directions on the package. Remember adding chemicals will change the taste of the water.Sunlight is an amazing disinfectant and is the key to solar disinfection (SODIS). The ultraviolet light in sunlight kills pathogens on contact. To use sunlight to disinfect water, the water must be very clear and placed in the sun in clear containers. Clear plastic water bottles and plastic bags can be used for solar disinfection. The water should be exposed to sunlight for at least 4 and up to 10 hours to kill microbes.So remember to be safe, boil water for 1 minute before drinking. If boiling is not possible, adding disinfection tablets works to clean water. However, adding chemicals to water changes its taste and while safe, may not be palatable. Disinfecting batches of water in the sun is a low energy, non-chemical solution when traveling or camping.To find out more about water testing and disinfection check the website for the Ohio State University Soil Environment Technology Learning Lab at setll.osu.edu.last_img read more

The Worst: Ohio State’s Wireless Is Preventing Buckeye QB Stephen Collier From Watching “House Of Cards”

first_imgStephen Collier can't watch House of Cards because of Ohio State's wireless signal.Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.last_img read more

Players from Ladakh can represent JK for now in Ranji Vinod Rai

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricketers emerging from the newly-created union territory of Ladakh will represent Jammu and Kashmir in the domestic circuit for the time being, Indian cricket’s Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai said on Tuesday. The government on Monday bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir to create two union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir but the BCCI won’t have any separate state body for the newest UT for the time being. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “We are not thinking of having a separate state body for Ladakh as of now. The players from that region will continue to qualify to represent Jammu and Kashmir in all BCCI domestic competitions,” Rai told PTI on Tuesday. The J&K Ranji team is not known to have featured a player from Ladakh till date. The upcoming Ranji Trophy season is scheduled to start in December later this year. Asked if Ladakh will become a voting member of the BCCI like Puducherry, which is also a Union Territory, Rai said that there has been no discussion on the matter as of now. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Nothing of that sort has been discussed as of now. The arrangement remains the same like it is for Chandigarh which is also a Union territory. Their players either play for Punjab or Haryana in domestic competitions,” Rai said. On the situation in Kashmir after the government decided to revoke provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Rai said the BCCI has nothing to worry and cricket is expected to continue in the valley as usual. “We are confident that J&K will play their home games in Srinagar just like last year. There has been no discussion on having an alternate home venue as of now. So nothing changes on that front,” Rai said. Recently, all the age-group as well as senior team camps in Srinagar were indefinitely postponed after a state government advisory with regards to a terror threat on Amarnath Yatris. The Jammu and Kashmir team’s mentor along with 100 aspirants left the valley due to the prevailing security situation.last_img read more

CBCs new drama Caught like a grownup Doyle

first_img Login/Register With: “Don’t take this the wrong way,” said Maggs, “but it feels like a grown-up ‘Doyle.’” Their latest project is “Caught,” a five-episode drama premiering Monday on CBC. It is grittier, more complex and much darker than “Doyle.” Facebook Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer — fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs — to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. That was exactly the reaction Hawco was hoping for. For six seasons, he starred in, and was the driving force behind, the lighthearted CBC detective series “Republic of Doyle.” The success of that series helped Hawco and his associates at Take the Shot Productions establish a production facility in St. John’s, N.L. The cast all had praise for costume designer Michael Ground’s low-key approach. The series is based on the 2013 crime novel of the same name from another talented Newfoundlander, author Lisa Moore. The novel, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was handed to Hawco at a studio meeting as a suggestion for his next project. “I hadn’t read it, which was weird,” says the 40-year-old actor/producer, “because the author lives up the street.” He read it, loved it and got in line for the rights.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Set in 1978, “Caught” tells the story of David Slaney (played by Hawco) who busts out of a New Brunswick prison and quickly hooks up with his former drug-dealing partner in crime (Eric Johnson from “Fifty Shades Freed”). Broken down RCMP detective Roy Patterson (played by Paul Gross) picks up the trail. Allan Hawco in a scene from the new CBC crime drama “Caught”. Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer ‚Äî fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs ‚Äî to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC *MANDATORY CREDIT*last_img read more

18 months an option for mat leave but be prepared for lower

first_imgOTTAWA – When Ottawa announced changes to EI parental leave benefits last year that will allow new mothers to receive benefits for 18 months, Heather Wilson was excited about the possibility of spending more time with her baby.But after digging into the changes, Wilson and her husband are probably going to stick with the 12-month option.That’s in large part due to the fact that when Ottawa announced the change, it didn’t increase the amount of money for the program. So, while you may receive paternity benefits for a longer period, the weekly amount will be less.The reduction means that new parents looking to make up the difference over the extended period with savings may want to have $10,000 or more put aside, on top of their other savings in preparation for the new baby.Calgary-based Wilson says her EI maternity and paternity leave benefits, which max out at $547 per week before taxes, are already going to be a drop from her regular paycheque, so the further reduction to take 18 months may not work for her family’s budget.“The time and concept is really nice, that 18 months, but for us, we’re not sure financially it makes a lot of sense,” said Wilson, who is due with her first child in May.She noted that she and her husband may already face challenges in coming up with their regular contributions to their tax-free savings accounts and RRSP savings with the reduction in her income.Amy Dietz-Graham, a portfolio manager for BMO Nesbitt Burns, said having a baby can be a huge expense and choosing the longer option means being able to budget for the longer time away from work.“If you can plan ahead and start saving ahead of time if you do want to take that extra time, the better off you’ll be,” said Dietz-Graham, who is also due with her first child at the beginning of March.Federal EI maternity and parental benefits provide money for new parents through employment insurance benefits, while Quebec runs its own Quebec Parental Insurance Program, which has not changed.Federal EI maternity benefits for biological mothers, including surrogate mothers, run for 15 weeks and pay a weekly benefit of 55 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum amount of $547 per week.After that, EI parental benefits, which may be shared between parents, kick in with two options: a standard choice of up to 35 weeks or an extended version that spreads the same payment out over a maximum of 61 weeks. The extended option reduces the payment to 33 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum of $328, though that amount may be increased if you are eligible to receive the family supplement for low-income families.EI benefits are also taxable, so federal and provincial or territorial taxes will be deducted from your benefits too, reducing the amount that ultimately ends up in your pocket.Some new parents also receive parental leave top-up payments from their employers, but they will likely not cover the entire period.Dietz-Graham said you may also want to budget for additional expenses such as making a will if you don’t have one, or a life insurance policy to take care of your child if something should happen to you.She adds that reducing RRSP contributions in a year that you are on leave may also be something to consider, as you may get bigger tax savings by making them in a year when your income is higher.Those who do opt to take the extra time could save on the spending side of the equation, Dietz-Graham noted.You won’t have the costs of going to work like your daily coffee, lunches out and transit or parking. And, by taking the extra six months it means you won’t have daycare costs for that time, which could add up to thousands of dollars.last_img read more

Home sales fall across Canada to reach their lowest level in 3

first_imgA flood of buyers and sellers looking to close deals late last year ahead of looming tighter mortgage rules resulted in a 14.5 per cent “payback” drop in home sales between December and January, market watchers said Thursday.Economists expected the drastic decline, which marked the lowest sales level in three years, and anticipate the market will continue to be dampened in the near future as Canadians negotiate the new rules and a January interest rates hike, the third in the past year.“It’s the biggest monthly percentage drop in sales activity since October 2008,” said Gregory Klump, the Canadian Real Estate Association’s chief economist, referencing when the country was in the midst of the so-called Great Recession.January activity was down in three-quarters of all local markets and virtually all major urban areas, especially in Ontario’s hot spot in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, according to data released by CREA Thursday. The decline was less significant on an annual basis, with sales falling 2.4 per cent.The monthly decline “is largely payback” for buyers rushing to sign deals in the last three months of the year, ahead of the new rules, said Robert Kavcic, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note.CREA’s figures showed sales climbed to a record monthly high in December — just before the federal banking regulator’s tougher rules for uninsured mortgages took effect. Starting Jan. 1, borrowers with a more than 20 per cent down payment must pass a stress test proving that they can service mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage point or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.The January market also dampened due to the Bank of Canada’s decision to raise interest rates to 1.25 per cent, up from one per cent. The central bank’s interest rate increase impacts variable rate mortgage holders, but those who opt for fixed mortgages also saw a rise in the five-year fixed rate amid rising bond yields and a stronger economy.CREA noted that January home sales are on par with the 10-year monthly average and that a large decline in new listings of 21.6 per cent prevented the market balance from shifting in favour of homebuyers. The average price of a home rose by 2.3 per cent when compared with last year at just over $481,500.The national sales-to-new listings ratio was 63.6 per cent in January. A ratio reading above 60 per cent generally indicates a sellers’ market.The number of newly-listed homes was at the lowest level since spring 2009. About 85 per cent of all markets had fewer listings. The Greater Toronto Area led the decline, with large percentage drops also in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan region, as well as parts of Ontario.Supply restraint may have played a big part in the month’s slowdown, Robert Hogue, senior economist with RBC Economics, wrote in a note. The drop in new listings hints at two psychological effects at play, he said. Many sellers rushed to list their properties in the months before Jan. 1 and, once the new rules came in, potential sellers may have feared a significant buyer pullback and waited to list.He expects more listings to surface once those fears subside.The market likely over-reacted to the new mortgage rules, Hogue wrote, and while homebuyer demand will remained dampened, it won’t be to the extent implied by January’s figures.Volatility is expected to continue in the near-term, wrote Michael Dolega, a senior economist with TD Economics, in a note.But, Dolega said “some stabilization” should occur by the middle of the year.“Thereafter we expect activity to remain weighed down by rising interest rates, but with markets largely in balanced territory prices should remain well supported,” he said.The government action successfully slowed housing markets, particularly in and around Toronto, said Sherry Cooper, chief economist at Dominion Lending Centres.“But it hasn’t really made housing affordable,” she said. “And there’s no way to make housing affordable until we see an increase in housing supply — and not just new listings, but actually new construction.”The pace of housing starts in January held steady compared with December at about 216,200, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported earlier this month. But the pace is expected to moderate this year.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

First Nation leader pitches sustainability to pipeline investors

first_imgHOUSTON – Kinder Morgan’s shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations chief from British Columbia.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said she told the company’s annual general meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues can pose significant risks to business and without proper disclosure, shareholders won’t know if they are vulnerable.Wilson said she also explained the legal risks if Kinder Morgan proceeds with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Indigenous land without consent from First Nations.“We do not believe the risks of the project have been accurately evaluated nor fully disclosed and we wanted to point that out to the shareholders,” she told a news conference after the meeting.Wilson put forward a resolution proposing that shareholders ask Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report describing the company’s analysis of short- and long-term risks, along with plans for mitigating them.Another resolution from a U.S. asset management company proposed that Kinder Morgan create a report looking at how commitments various countries have made under the Paris climate change agreement will affect the pipeline builder’s portfolio in the long term.A Kinder Morgan spokesman said both resolutions passed, but neither is binding. Executive chairman Rich Kinder said in a statement the board will “carefully consider the proposals and the information contained in the supporting statements in determining what actions to take with respect to them.”Because the resolutions are non-binding, shareholders should follow up to show the company that they’re watching and expect their wishes to be expressed, said Lisa Lindsley with advocacy group SumOfUs.Kinder Morgan could have foreseen issues with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if the company had previously committed to putting out sustainability reports, she added.“Billions of dollars of shareholder value would have been saved if Kinder Morgan had done a better job of anticipating, assessing and mitigating the sustainability risks to its business,” Lindsley said.In 2016, Ottawa approved plans to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. But the $7.4-billion project has faced significant opposition and legal challenges from environmentalists, First Nations and B.C.’s NDP government.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending on the expansion earlier this year, saying ongoing opposition in B.C. and the threat of legal delays was making investors wary of proceeding with the project. The company set May 31 as the deadline for the federal and provincial governments to reach an agreement that would allow the expansion to go ahead.Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life.“That means fundamentally more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project. And we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.The City of Burnaby said Wednesday that it has filed leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada, asking the court to weigh in on a dispute over construction of the Trans Mountain expansion.The National Energy Board ruled last December that Kinder Morgan could bypass local bylaws as it builds the project and the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the city’s application to overturn the decision.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said in a statement Wednesday that the city does not believe the energy board is the right place to review municipal processes, so it’s taking the issue to Canada’s highest court.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Raheem Sterling hailed as one of worlds best by Kompany

first_imgLondon: Vincent Kompany has hailed Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling as one of the best players in the world after his 13-minute hat-trick in the 3-1 win against Watford. The victory at the Etihad on Saturday took the defending champions four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table but Jurgen Klopp’s men closed the gap to a single point on Sunday. There was an offside debate over Sterling’s first goal and his second was a tap-in but his third highlighted his skill as he weaved into the area, cut back and fired past Ben Foster. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “It’s incredible because his first year at City was tough, and then from the moment Pep (Guardiola) came in he just kicked on and went from strength to strength,” said City captain Kompany. “For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. He’s so important for us. To have the ability to unlock defences when they defend with so many bodies is the sign of a top, top, top player.” Sterling’s strikes shifted what had been a frustrating game decisively in City’s favour. As in their two previous games, the score was 0-0 at half-time and City, despite dominating possession, needed to work hard for openings. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “These kind of games are much trickier than what people can see from the outside,” said Kompany, who has featured in City’s past five games. “It’s mentally demanding because it puts you to sleep that you have so much possession and are bouncing against the same wall.” City boss Pep Guardiola was more measured in his praise for Sterling, 24, who has now scored 20 goals for club and country this season. “He scored three goals, we’re delighted, but he can do better,” said Guardiola. “The first half was not the best performance from him, but it’s good when not playing at the top level to be consistent and score the three goals.” Guardiola hailed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as an “incredible player in all senses” but again expressed concern over the German’s contract situation. The 28-year-old has not been an automatic starter under Guardiola and has just one season remaining on his present deal. Guardiola said: “I would prefer him to stay but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay too. If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”last_img read more