Are you ready for cleaner petrol?

first_img8 December 2005From the beginning of 2006, all leaded petrol will be phased out in South Africa and new octane grades introduced.Unleaded petrol has been available to South African motorists since 1996. The use of unleaded has gradually increased to comprise about 40% of total petrol sales.Lead was first introduced into petrols in the 1920s, but in recent years there has been a move away from leaded petrol. Lead in petrol contributes to urban pollution and is a health risk, particularly for young children.Lead replacementMotorists will still have the choice of two grades of petrol, although the octane grades will differ between the coast and high-altitude inland stations.Premium, or super, will be replaced with the new Lead Replacement Petrol (LRP), with an octane grade of 95 at the coast and 93 inland.Unleaded petrol will be available in 91, 93, 95 octane grades. Petrol stations are likely to sell only one grade of unleaded, with the higher octanes being used in coastal areas.Vehicle databaseAlthough most modern cars already use unleaded petrol, drivers of pre-1996 cars should check whether their cars will run on the new fuels.The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) has prepared a database where motorists can quickly look up their vehicle’s make and model to determine which fuel will be suitable. Naamsa database Most older cars should have no problem running on LRP. Cars built more than 20 years ago may need to use an additional bottled additive which will protect their engines.Pre-1996 cars in the coastal region may need to have their timing adjusted in order to run efficiently on LRP. Motorists can check whether their vehicle is affected by consulting the Naamsa database. The timing adjustment can be done at many service stations in the coastal region, and will be a free service.Petrol priceIn the inland area, where the 95 octane unleaded grade will become available for the first time, a special “demand management levy” will be introduced. Initially this grade will priced about 10c per litre higher than the 93 octane.The price for all other grades will be determined using the same method as previously.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Poverty summit gets experts thinking

first_imgRay Maota Rory Brooks is the founder of the Brooks World Poverty Institute which researches methods to reduce and eradicate poverty. Professor Walden Bello is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives and led the discussion on the framework of the MDGs. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Brooks World Poverty Institute +44 0161 306 6436 RELATED ARTICLES • SA hosts World Economic Forum • Research into tropical diseases • China-Africa relations to deepen • SA, US tighten trade relationshipThe inaugural Global Poverty Summit has given experts in global poverty reduction a platform to deliberate on ways in which poverty can be alleviated throughout the world.The summit was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 17 -19 January 2011 and is the brainchild of businessman Dr Rory Brooks of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), based at the University of Manchester.At the summit, 50 experts on the subject of poverty discussed whether the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Development Agenda talks will be able to reduce poverty in developing countries.Also on the agenda were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN Development Programme. These are a set of goals endorsed in 2000 by nations around the world in an attempt to reduce global poverty by 2015.Brooks said: “Over the last decade, the plight of the poor has come under the microscope and talking about ways to reduce it, is the first step to its reduction.”He added that when funding research into global poverty eradication strategies, it’s vital that the research is able to go on and influence policy, which ultimately produces improved outcomes.“This is why we felt it was important to support this Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg,” he said.BWPI research director Rorden Wilkinson said: “Johannesburg is a good example of the stark inequalities within the city. That’s why we chose to host the summit here.”Speakers at the summit included Nobel economics laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz; Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development; and David Hulme, professor of development studies at the University of Manchester.Millennium Development GoalsIn 2000 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration from which eight MDGs were drawn. Leaders accepted collective responsibility to reduce poverty in their own countries as well as globally.The MDGs are:to eradicate extreme poverty and hungerachieve universal primary educationpromote gender equality and empower womenreduce child mortalityimprove maternal healthcombat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesensure environmental sustainabilitydevelop a global partnership for development.“The MDGs have been a success because they have provided the moral underpinning and have catalysed collective action,” said Hulme. “It is vital that we all continue to strive to meet the targets set out in the MDGs, but the MDGs represent a bare minimum of what needs to be done to reduce poverty and halt the growth in inequality.”At the summit, delegates reached a consensus that for MDGs to succeed, especially in Africa, it was necessary to establish national plans specific to individual countries.Trade talksDiscussing the impact of the Doha round of talks on food security, delegates endorsed a proposal that countries should have the right to implement measures to combat food price volatility.“The Doha Development Agenda negotiations started a decade ago but they have yet to bring any meaningful contribution to reducing poverty,” said Stiglitz. “It is time to bring the talks to a close, but successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries. They’ve got to accept that they are going to have to pay for the change.”Wilkinson said: “No industrial country got to where it is today without significant state intervention. Global trade negotiations need to recognise this reality.”The delegates also came to the conclusion that trade rules cannot be applied equally to rich and poor countries, but that there should be provision for countries at different stages of development.For example, developed countries could grant duty-free and quota-free access to their markets for least developed countries, and these developed countries could also boost the export capacity of lesser countries through trade assistance.Other topics under discussion included intellectual property rights and agriculture.The Brooks World Poverty InstituteEstablished in 2006, the Brooks World Poverty Institute is based at the University of Manchester, where Rory Brooks graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in management sciences.BWPI founder Brooks also runs MML Capital, an investment firm which has invested over US$1.4-billion (R9.8-billion) in more than 70 emerging companies across Europe and the US.Brooks and his wife Elizabeth support various causes, including the Institute of Cancer Research in London.BWPI aims to create and share knowledge that will help eradicate poverty and inequality in the North and South; and to bring about change in international policies that foster poverty.last_img read more

Fujifilm Announces Massive GFX 50S Mirrorless Camera

first_imgWhat are your thoughts on this announcement? Would you consider checking out the GFX 50S? Share your opinion in the comments below! Specs43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor51.4 Megapixels1/4000 Shutter SpeedRotating ViewfinderWeighing 800 GramsFaster AF Selection with JoystickTilted Viewfinder/Detachable Viewfinder Hot on the heels of the recently released X-T2, Fujifilm is back at it again with the massive new GFX 50S mirrorless camera.Fujifilm’s upcoming GFX 50S features a G Format sensor — which happens to be 70% larger than the 35mm format. The massive sensor pushes this camera to front of the pack, offering an extreme boost in quality for mirrorless cameras.As far as competitors go, the Hasselblad X1D is really the only camera in play — until you take pricing into account. The GFX is rumored to be significantly cheaper than the $10,000 Hasselblad, and it comes with a 63mm prime. Expect the GFX 50S to be released in early 2017.Image via FujifilmThe new camera will officially be called the GFX 50S. It will have a battery booster pack available as well. The camera also has a detachable viewfinder, plus a vertically tilted display screen on its back. With a 51.4 megapixel resolution, this new camera will also feature brand new lenses. From Fujifilm:Fujifilm has developed a new ‘G Mount’ with a short flange back distance of just 26.7 mm, an advantage of the mirrorless camera system, and an initial lens lineup consisting of six lensesIncluded in the lens lineup:GF 63mm F2.8 R WRWide-Angle Standard Zoom GF 32-64mm F4 LM WRMid Telephoto Macro GF 120mm F4 Macro R LM OIS WRFast Aperture Mid-Telephoto GF 110mm F2 R LM WRSuper-Wide GF 23mm F4 R LM WRWide GF 45mm F2.8 R WRlast_img read more

‘Man Utd can get Dries Mertens for €28m’

first_imgTransfers Man Utd can snap up Dries Mertens for €28m, says ex-Napoli director Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:05 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dries Mertens Napoli Cagliari Serie A Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Napoli Juventus Premier League Serie A The 30-year-old continues to attract interest from the Red Devils as he has kept up last season’s impressive form, and he will not cost a huge amount Dries Mertens has a €28 million release in his new Napoli contract and remains the subject of interest from Manchester United, according to Napoli’s former sporting director Pierpaolo Marino.United were said to be heavily interested in the attacker last season before he signed a new contract with the Serie A side in May after a sensational season.Man utd win and BTTS v Liverpool 15/4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Belgium international is now contracted to Napoli until 2020, but president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he has a release clause in his contract that can be activated by foreign sides.Although Mertens is 30 years old, he has scored seven goals in as many Serie A games this season and Marino insists he can be snapped up at a reasonable fee should Jose Mourinho’s side act on their interest.”Manchester United are following Mertens very closely,” he told Tuttosport.”He was an underestimated player until he played as a striker, now that he is a ‘real No.9’ he is kept under the eye of big clubs, because the €28 million clause a a low price, even if he’s 30 years old.”Napoli sit two points ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A with a perfect record so far, and Marino believes Maurizio Sarri’s side can win the league this term.”This could be the year of the Blues,” he said.”But not because Juve are weaker, but because Napoli have improved.”last_img read more

Kobe Bryant Recovering Hopes to Open Lakers Season Healthy

Kobe Bryant had the stitches removed, is out of the cast and faces nearly six weeks of rehabilitation since completing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. After all that, Bryant is still hoping for a return by the Los Angeles Lakers’  2013-14 season opener.“I hope so,” Bryant said in a sit-down interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday. “That’s the challenge. With the tendon, there’s really only but so much you can do. There’s a certain amount of time that they deem necessary for the tendon to heal where you don’t overstretch it and now you never get that spring back.“So, you just have to be patient, let the tendon heal, and then when that moment comes when they say, ‘OK, we can take off the regulator so to speak and now it’s on you to train as hard as you can to get back to where you want to be,’ that’s going to be a good day.”Before that day is likely to occur, there will be another date on the calendar that holds particular significance for how Bryant’s Lakers will look next season: July 1, the day Dwight Howard can begin to hear competing offers as a free agent.While Howard reportedly has strong interest in the Houston Rockets and could be courted by Dallas, Atlanta, Golden State and Cleveland, Bryant is in no rush to be the first to pitch the All-Star center to come back to L.A.“For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be,” Bryant said. “We all want him here. But then that’s when the selling begins [after Howard is courted by other teams]. You don’t start the selling process right before he goes and does all this stuff. You want to get the last word. You want to have the final word and the closing argument.“I’ll give him a little opening statement, but then I have to make sure I have the final word.”If Howard ends up being a one-year rental rather than the face of the franchise moving forward, Bryant is confident the Lakers, with 16 championships to their credit, will still find a way to thrive.“This franchise is a franchise that you really don’t have to worry about too much, because no matter what happens, whether it’s a year from now, two years from now, whatever the case may be, they’re always going to find a way to have an impact on this league,” Bryant said.Should the Lakers resort to a Plan B if Howard walks, Bryant said he will make his voice part of the process.“It’s gotten to a point at this stage in my career where those lines of communication are more open and we talk more frequently both with [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak] and [vice president of player personnel] Jimmy [Buss] and [vice president of business operations] Jeanie [Buss] to a certain extent,” Bryant said. “Those lines of communication are open.”Bryant has already communicated with Jeanie Buss’ fiance and his former coach, Phil Jackson, over what Jackson wrote about Bryant in his recent book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.”  In the book Jackson gave the nod to Michael Jordan when comparing the two shooting guards.“I talked to Phil about it,” said Bryant, who added that he has not read the book. “I said, ‘You know, you can’t compare me at [age] 21-22-23 to Michael at 28-29-30. That’s not a fair comparison.’ But, you know, I’m comfortable at resting on my five [championships] and what I had to do for this team to be successful.“We both had different roles, and [Jordan] had his level of frustration coming up as a young player and challenges that he had to deal with, and I had mine in playing a different role to what I thought naturally I could do. We had different career paths, man, so it’s kind of tough to [compare]. At least for me it is, anyway.”While Jordan holds the edge in championships (six to Bryant’s five) and career points (32,292 for third all time to Bryant’s 31,617 for fourth all time), Bryant said he has already accomplished what he set out to achieve when he was drafted into the NBA as a 17-year-old out of high school in 1996.“When I came into the league, I wanted to win multiple championships,” Bryant said, appearing in good spirits and clean shaven after growing a beard for nearly a month following his Achilles surgery. “As a young kid, it was like, well, this is what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to win five, six, seven championships, because that’s what Magic [Johnson] did. That’s what [Bill] Russell did. That’s what Jordan did. I feel very comfortable with my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish in that regard.”Read more: ESPN. read more

Jalin Marshall ready to let it fly if called on to play

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0, thanks in part to Marsahll scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Buckeyes.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Jalin Marshall sat down for questions after Ohio State’s 55-14 win against Illinois, he was calm and collected. But when more reporters trickled toward him, stuck microphones in his face and asked him about his performance in the game, he got antsy.Once the swarm dissolved and just a few recorders were left lying in front of him, Marshall started to crack jokes. He was more at ease, more comfortable.It’s the same nervousness under pressure Marshall needs to overcome for him to be called on to take more snaps.The redshirt-freshman H-back — who played quarterback at Middletown High School  — lined up at quarterback on two different drives Saturday in OSU’s wildcat package. The first instance, about halfway through the third quarter, he burst through the Fighting Illini defense for a 30-yard touchdown.His next stint — which ended after five yards rushing and an incomplete pass to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — was less successful.But Marshall — who redshirted last season to mature on and off the field, coach Urban Meyer said —  had reason to be pleased postgame. After turning down opportunities to play quarterback in college, he finally got his chance to throw the ball.“I just tried to throw it up there, let my receiver make a play, I just wished for him to catch it but he didn’t,” Marshall said. “It was definitely a big step for me throwing a pass in the game, not having thrown a pass in two years.”He also had a newfound level of comfort in playing quarterback at the collegiate level. “I’m getting more confidence,” he said.But when asked if he knew what was next for him — whether he’d be called upon to take a snap again — Marshall said he doesn’t know, but he’ll do whatever the coaches ask him.So a reporter — by that time, one of only about four surrounding him — pushed and asked whether he didn’t know or wouldn’t say. Then, the reporter asked if there was anything people hadn’t seen yet from Marshall that he was hoping they might get a chance to witness.“For the sake of accuracy, I can’t tell you that,” he laughed.This season, Marshall has played in every game. He has 14 rushing attempts for 88 yards, an average of 6.3 per carry. Saturday was a night of career highs: 42 yards on five carries.While he’s been used in the wildcat and was allowed to throw the ball, Marshall isn’t officially considered a quarterback option. But Meyer said he wants Marshall ready as a backup plan.“We’ve been working on Jalin playing quarterback, first, because he’s very talented. Second of all, whenever you start getting, you hear these stories, I’ve never been down to our third- and fourth-string quarterback, but you always try to be ready in case something happens,” Meyer said.“And he’s a gifted guy. So we’re going to expand his package each week.”Marshall said he knew ahead of time he’d be asked to be a signal caller against Illinois.“I knew it was coming, we worked on it during the week,” he said. “He (Meyer) said he was gonna need me to do that and I told him, ‘I got you, coach, I’ll do whatever you need me to.’”He also hopes there’s more coming for him, but for now, he seems to be staying calm out of the limelight and stepping up as needed.“If they call my number,” Marshall said, “I let it fly.” read more

Mourinho Man Utd are improving

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is certain that his squad has improved ahead of tonight’s Champions League opener away to BSC Young BoysMourinho’s side ended a run of back-to-back defeats on Saturday by ending Watford’s 100% start to the season with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Now United will face a new challenge in the form of Swiss side Young Boys in their Group H opener of the Champions League.Speaking ahead to the encounter, Mourinho insists that his team have made progress over recent weeks.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think we are improving. We have found a balance in the team, especially with the competitive attitude,” said Mourinho at a pre-match press conference.“We are creating plenty of chances, we are changing how we attack opponents and protect ourselves in situations.“Two difficult matches, both away, and we have six points. I am happy but I was happy after Tottenham – not with the result but with what I saw. We felt as a team that match was the beginning of our improvements.”United are currently in eighth place in the Premier League standings.last_img read more

Now for the weekend TCI calendar…

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBlue Haven Resort’s grand opening weekend begins on Friday at Salt Bar & Grill with the ‘Blue your mind’ party, on Saturday and Sunday there will be beach volleyball, an art & craft fair, opening of Fire & Ice lounge and a beach soccer tourney.Friday evening Paradise Arts hosts an art show at the gallery in Grace Bay.Saturday morning, there is a clean-up of the Bight and Grace Bay with TCI Shines and the Tourist Board to wrap up TEAM; volunteers will meet at the Bight Park and Tropicana Plaza at 6:30am.Saturday and Sunday the 12th Sandals Resorts Star Awards takes place at the French Village, where top travel agents will be rewarded.Saturday night will also be for fashion as the JerritJermell spring collection will be unveiled at Club Pillows. The North Caicos designer Jermell Wiliams, said he was inspired by the TCI waters with this line.Sunday, the Kiwanis Club welcomes residents to down town Provo for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting concert and gift giving ceremony it starts at 7pm. Related Items:calendarlast_img read more

San Diego faces housing crisis

first_img Posted: January 29, 2019 January 29, 2019 Steve Bosh, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Council approved a 223-foot-high rise apartment building with 204 units at the corner of 6th and Olive. It’s fairly dense for the area but its close to downtown and public transit.At his State of the City Address, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the “not in my backyard” folks have worsened our housing crisis, and he repeated that on Good Morning San Diego.Over the years political leaders have sided with the NIMBYs because they’re voters, but the housing crisis has gotten so severe it seems that bond needs to be broken.To qualify for one of 18 apartments set aside as affordable housing, one has to earn less that 50% of the area’s median income. That means a family of four earning 45,000 dollars a year can’t live there.18 units of affordable housing is a small number but it’s a message to neighborhoods to accept more density or it may be forced upon them.Not having affordable housing isn’t a money problem though. The housing commission has millions of dollars, the city contributes housing funds, as does the state, and the voters this past November approved four billion dollars for housing. The money is there but the votes have not been. San Diego faces housing crisiscenter_img Updated: 7:26 PM Steve Bosh Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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