17 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 reporter
For the second year in a row, Indore has been declared India’s cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 rankings announced on Saturday. Jharkhand was ranked the best performing state, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.At the bottom of the pile, the dirtiest city with a population over one lakh, was Bhadreswar in West Bengal. In fact, 19 of the country’s 25 dirtiest cities lie in West Bengal, according to the Survey. The nationwide urban cleanliness survey, conducted by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, covered 4,203 cities in its third iteration. The first version of the survey, released in 2016, ranked only 73 cities, while last year’s rankings covered 434 cities.Cities’ cleanliness scores take into account data provided by urban local bodies, independent observation by Central assessors, as well as citizen feedback. “The objective of the survey is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in,” said a Ministry statement. Overall, 38 lakh citizens provided feedback this year.This year, while national rankings were issued for the 485 cities with a population of over one lakh, zonal rankings were determined for smaller cities. Bundu in Jharkhand (East), Kakching in Manipur (North East), Panchgani in Maharashtra (West), Siddipet in Telengana (South) and Bhadson in Punjab (North) were declared winners among these smaller cities. Delhi Cantonment was awarded as the cleanest Cantonment Board in the country.
“If we thought [the TNT series] is gonna be a battle, this next series is going to be a battle. We’re full aware of the challenges that they’re gonna present to us, so we’ll see what happens.” Channelling his inner pro wrestler, the Gin Kings forward only has one thing in mind in response to the Bolts slasher being repeatedly vocal in his desire to have the rematch.“I’m a heel,” Devance said, alluding to the pro wrestling parlance of a bad guy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m gonna hit Dillinger. I’m gonna punch him right in the stomach,” he joked.Devance knows that as much trash talk players from both teams fire on social media, they are all aware that it’s all fun and games as they all look forward to silencing each other on the court. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next PBA IMAGESAsk, and you shall receive.That’s exactly what Joe Devance has to say for Jared Dillinger as Ginebra and Meralco meet for the second straight time in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games TNT coach Racela says Ginebra rookie Ferrer best player of Game 4 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I’m just playing. You know, it’s all in good fun, good sportsmanship. You know it’s competitiveness. You know we’re just gonna come out and fight, whatever team wants it more is gonna get it,” he said, sharing that he’s good friends with a lot of Fil-Am players on the other camp.Meralco has been aching to get back at Ginebra after its runner-up finish in last year’s Governors’ Cup Finals, where it lost in heartbreaking fashion in Game 6.Devance knows how motivated the Bolts will be, and is hoping that emotions won’t spill out of the court just like what happened in the Gin Kings’ semifinals series against TNT.Being the last two teams standing from the rival companies, Devance admitted there’s bad blood between Ginebra and Meralco.“I don’t want to say we hate each other, but we hate each other. I mean with MVP and Mr. Ang, it’s just how it is,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ
Vine/Dan LyonsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that could have cut the Oklahoma lead to two points. Dayton guard Darrell Davis stole the ball from OU’s Jordan Woodard, and immediately took off for the hoop. As he released the ball, Hield made a fantastic play to reject the shot out of his hand. Instead of a two-point game, Oklahoma was fouled and extended the lead.Oklahoma finished the game with a 72-66 win, and will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) ended the third quarter of this year with a profit of KRW 45.7 billion (USD 41 million), compared to a net loss of KRW 284 billion posted in the same period a year earlier.As explained, the restructuring measures, including asset sales and workforce reduction, as well as increased delivery of offshore facilities contributed to the quarterly financial performance.Operating profit for the quarter stood at KRW 207 billion, against an operating loss of KRW 187 billion seen in Q3 last year.Sales decreased to KRW 2.42 trillion in Q3 2017 from KRW 3.02 trillion reported in the corresponding three-month period of 2016.“As all five offshore plants are scheduled to be delivered or depart (DSME facilities) this year, stable earnings will be possible in the future,” the company said.Unveiled in March this year, the restructuring plan sets out three key principles – debt restructuring, financial assistance and bearing the burden of losses by all stakeholders.“We will thoroughly implement the plan … including the sale of additional subsidiaries along with improved earnings,” a DSME official said, adding that the company will accelerate ship and offshore plant orders.This is the third profitable consecutive quarter for the company. DSME’s net profit was KRW 1.25 trillion in Q2 and KRW 291.8 billion in Q1.During the first nine months of this year, DSME recorded a profit of KRW 1.53 trillion, compared to a loss of KRW 1.24 trillion posted in the same period last year.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Japanese shipping company NYK Line has placed an order for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea.The order is part of NYK Line’s contract with EDF LNG Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF), to charter out a newly built LNG carrier for seven years, with optional extension periods for up to 13 additional years.The vessel is due to be delivered on April 30, 2020.NYK Line said that the vessel will be fitted to EDF’s specific requirements and will have a 174,000-cubic meter capacity.The LNG carrier will be fitted with a GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system-a cryogenic liner directly supported by the ship’s inner hull and designed to store LNG at near atmospheric pressure.The newbuild will also feature a dual-fuel slow-speed engine (WinGD X-DF diesel engine) which is able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as liquid at cryogenic temperatures.