Greenpeace opens SA office

first_imgThe launch comes just weeks ahead of the United Nations climate change talks in Poznan, Poland from 1-13 December, where agreements will be made to set the world on a path to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent human induced climate change. SAinfo reporter Illegal logging, trawling Meanwhile, off the coast of West Africa, Greenpeace says marine life is being carried away by foreign trawlers, devastating local communities and depriving them of critical nutrition, causing poverty and food insecurity to increase. “While the environmental threats facing Africans are urgent and critical, Africa is in a position to leapfrog dirty development and become a leader in helping to avert catastrophic climate change and protect the natural environment,” said Kanoute. “We are here to help make that happen.” Unpredictable rainfall, lower crop yields and dwindling resources are causing mass migration, increased tension and conflict, Greenpeace says. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Greenpeace also plans on opening an office in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 24 November, while a third office will be opened in Dakar, Senegal in 2009. Greenpeace International executive director Gerd Leipold said that tackling environmental problems in Africa was vital for ensuring a future for both its children and the world as a whole. South Africa: carbon emitter It plays a vital role in regulating the global climate and is the fourth largest forest carbon reservoir in the world. Yet if logging is allowed to continue at the projected rate, the DRC risks losing 40% of its forest within 40 years. The country, as with Africa as a whole, is in a position to harness abundant renewable energy sources – solar, wind and biomass – and take a lead in an African energy revolution. Africa ‘hardest hit’ 14 November 2008 While Africa contributes very little to global warming, the region will be one of the hardest hit by its effects. Over 180-million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die as a result of climate change by the end of the century. According to Greenpeace, South Africa is the 14th highest carbon emitter in the world, and must commit to measurable actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, including ending its dependence on coal, without resorting to expansions in nuclear power. The DRC office will focus on industrial logging, which threatens the Congo Basin rainforest and some 40-million people who are depend on it for their livelihoods. An energy revolution would not only help reduce climate change, says Greenpeace, but would bring electricity to rural areas, which is crucial for rural development, providing jobs and economic growth. “South Africa needs to take a strong stand at the UN climate talks for a deal that includes substantial funding from the industrialised world for developing countries to adapt to and mitigate the devastating effects of climate change,” said Greenpeace Africa executive director Amadou Kanoute. International environmental conservation organisation Greenpeace has opened its first South African office in Johannesburg, announcing a long-term commitment to building a strong presence in Africa, dedicated to tackling urgent environmental problems facing the continent including climate change, deforestation and overfishing. “While it is most likely to be one of the hardest and quickest hit by the effects of climate change, some of which can already be seen, Africa is also a major part of the solution,” he said. “Through harnessing its renewable energy potential and protecing its tropical forests Africa can lead the way in environmental development.” Tropical forest destruction accounts for about 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. “The South African government should also support central African countries by backing moves to create a funding mechanism that makes protecting tropical forests and the climate more economical than logging.”last_img read more

Microsoft Investors Want To Ctrl+Alt+Del Bill Gates

first_imgTags:#bill gates#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now brian proffitt Three major investors in Microsoft have made it clear that they are not happy with how the company is doing, and what needs to be done to set things right: get Bill Gates off the board of directors.Reuters is reporting today that three of Microsoft’s top 20 investors are privately calling for Gates’ resignation, which would be the first time the Microsoft founder has been implicated in the company’s perceived lackluster performance. Outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has already been viewed as part of the problem at the software company, but this appears to be the first time major investors have called on Gates himself to vacate the premises. The three investors, which the Reuters story did not name, hold more than 5% of Microsoft’s stock. It is not clear yet if the board will be sympathetic to their call.The Argument For Gates To Let GoTechnology analyst Jack Gold thinks that a dramatic change—and ousting the company’s founder after 38 years certainly qualifies as dramatic—may be just the thing Microsoft needs. “They certainly have a point in that view, given MSFT’s performance. And since Gates is chairman of the board, and the board has oversight, they blame the board as much as management (Ballmer),” Gold wrote in a message to ReadWrite.“But I think the bigger issue is, now that Ballmer is being replaced, who will lead? My opinion (and perhaps those that want Gates out) is that as long as Gates and Ballmer have essentially veto power over the [new CEO] selection process (since between them they control a large portion of the shares and have control over the board), that not much will change and the replacement will be cut from the same cloth, so to speak,” Gold added. “If you eliminate the existing chair and limit the influence of Ballmer on the selection process, you’re more likely to get someone that can take MSFT in a needed new direction. And that would be the best outcome, in my opinion.”Image courtesy of Reuters/Brendan McDermid Related Posts center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

CBI takes over murder case in Manipur

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had taken over yet another murder case in connection with the alleged fake encounters in Manipur, pursuant to the Supreme Court directive. The agency had re-registered 30 such FIRs so far.The latest FIR had been registered against CDO personnel of Imphal West and 39 Assam Rifles, following the the death of Nameirakpam Gobin Meitei and Nameirakpam Nobo Meitei on April 4, 2009.The Supreme Court-appointed Commission headed by Justice (retired) Santosh Hegde, in its report submitted on March 30, 2013, concluded that the incident in question was not an encounter, but an operation by the security agencies causing the deaths.The CBI had so far filed three charge sheets in the alleged Manipur fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and the State Police. Among those arraigned were about two dozen officials and personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police and two Sub-Inspectors.The Supreme Court was to take up further hearing on the issue on September 4. A separate petition filed by more than 300 Army personnel, challenging registration of the FIRs related to the operations carried out in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act is in force, was also under consideration.last_img read more

Panama Canal Ups Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) increased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks on June 13.The maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting these locks was set at 14.94 meters tropical fresh water (TFW).The ACP informed that vessels arriving with drafts over 14.94 meters TFW may be allowed to transit depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit.Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.The changes were made following the recent rainfall in the canal watershed, which increased the levels of Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes considerably in the preceding days.The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce any futuredraft modifications in a timely manner.last_img read more

Teslas Chinesebuilt Model 3 could cost almost 10000 less than imported versions

first_img Tesla,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Car Industry 50 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Five real reasons people are buying Teslas Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 49 Photos 68 Photos Comments 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 71 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 5 General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags More From Roadshow 26 Photos 81 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 10 Photos Tesla 3:32 Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageChinese-produced Model 3s could be significantly cheaper to buy in that country than their California tent-built siblings. Elon Musk via Twitter In the past, Teslas that have been imported into China for sale there have been expensive. Like, shockingly expensive — pardon the terrible pun — relative to their prices in the US, thanks to various import tariffs and taxes. That has affected sales for the brand in the world’s largest car market.Now though, Tesla is getting closer than ever to having its Chinese Gigafactory up and running, and once Model 3s start rolling off the line there, the pricing game could change dramatically, as could the brand’s sales. But how much will a Chinese-built Model 3 cost if you live in the Middle Kingdom?According to a report published on Monday by Bloomberg, we might be close to having a definitive answer to that question. Estimates currently put the base price for a Chinese-built Tesla at 300,000 Yuan, or around $43,400 before EV subsidies, and that’s pretty damned reasonable, considering that the current cheapest imported Model 3 is listed at 377,000 Yuan (or $54,555).Tesla is planning on making an announcement about its future Chinese-produced cars on May 31, though it’s unclear if the pricing of those cars will be among the items discussed.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Share your voice 69 Photos 12 Photos Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 52 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 3 Comments 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Car Industry Electric Cars Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois.last_img read more

Transport dept comes up with autorickshaw policy draft

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to regularise plying of auto-rickshaws, the state Transport department has come up with the draft notification of the auto-rickshaw policy.It may be recalled that the state Transport department had decided to frame a policy of which a major part is route rationalisation, a mechanism to fix fares of a particular route and initiatives to solve the existing problem related to plying of unregistered auto-rickshaws.A high-power committee was also formed to frame the policy and a draft of the auto-rickshaw policy has been framed. In a meeting held on Wednesday at Nazrul Manch, the draft of the policy has been distributed among representatives of auto-rickshaw unions. Transport and Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari and Additional Chief Secretary of transport department Alapan Bandyopadhyay along with other concerned officials were present in the meeting. The unions and the concerned authorities have been directed to submit their feedback after going through the draft policy by mid July. They have to submit their feedback in a written format at the office of the state Transport department. After bringing in necessary changes, if required, following the feedback of the stakeholders, the final notification declaring the auto-rickshaw policy will be issued. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per the draft policy, no auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate on any unauthorised route. Ferrying of excess passengers than permitted level will not be allowed. Driver cannot use mobile phones while driving and loud sound systems will not be allowed to be installed. No high power LED lights will be allowed in front of the auto-rickshaws. The most important one is that auto-rickshaw drivers cannot charge exorbitantly. Moreover, without offer letters, auto-rickshaw cannot be sold out. It may be mentioned that officials of the department had received reports regarding operations of unauthorised auto-rickshaws without registrations or permit, which is required under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act 1988.last_img read more

Canada has a lot to offer travellers during sesquicentennial year

first_img FREDERICTON — Canada already has a lot to offer travellers, but as the country celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 with a year full of sesquicentennial celebrations, there’s even more to see and do.“Because of the celebrations happening around the country, a normal festival event will be that more special because of the 150th anniversary. We see a lot of interest by Canadians to travel within Canada,” said Gary Howard of the Canadian Automobile Association.Howard said he’s hearing from people interested in exploring areas of the country they haven’t been to, or visiting favourite places again.“I think you will see a lot of movement with people from Eastern Canada going to the West, and vice versa,” he said.Howard said he expects most of the travel will be during the summer months, with the peak around Canada Day, July 1.He said there many great places to enjoy and take part in the birthday celebrations.“Charlottetown and Ottawa are the obvious ones, but I think that we will see each and every city and community is going to have its own celebration. You think about the Calgary Stampede _ it’s going to be much better in 2017 because they’ll use that event to get more excited about the 150th. There’s going to be lots of options right across the country.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTravel media company Lonely Planet has named Canada as the No.1 country to visit in 2017.“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energenic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health,” their “Best in Travel 2017” guide says.“You add that to the perennial favourites such as Vancouver’s great food scene, the great outdoors in the Canadian Rockies and beautiful fall colours in Nova Scotia. It’s a great destination whatever year it is, but 2017 has a lot to offer,” Lonely Planet spokesman Alex Howard said from his home in Nashville, Tenn.And he said with the weak Canadian dollar, Canada offers a great value.“International travellers, especially those from the United States, are going to have a lot to spend their money on,” he said.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaGary Howard said train travel is an interesting way to get across the country and see cities, towns and everything in between.“What we see for Western Canada is rail companies that go from Vancouver to Banff, or Vancouver to Calgary. They do that whole tour through the valley and the Rockies. That’s five to seven days, so it’s a lot shorter, but you have dining onboard, and those companies stop at night so that you’re not missing any of the scenery. They’ll stop at the evening, you stay at a hotel, and get back on in the morning,” he said.He said the cruise ship companies are also adding more ships to routes that make stops on Canada’s east and west coasts. He said it’s a great way to tour Atlantic Canada or British Columbia without having to drive. Tags: Canada, Festivals, Ottawa Canada has a lot to offer travellers during sesquicentennial year Monday, December 19, 2016 Share By: Kevin Bissett << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more