On an island in the sun, coal power is king over abundant solar

first_imgBanner image: Balinese fishermen from Celukan Bawang village stage a protest against the coal plant for pollution and job loss. Image courtesy of Greenpeace. Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Activism, Air Pollution, Animals, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Coal, Conflict, Dolphins, Energy, Environment, Environmental Activism, Fossil Fuels, Health, Land Conflict, Marine Animals, Marine Mammals, Mercury, Pollution, Public Health, Renewable Energy, Social Conflict, Solar Power, Waste, Water Pollution Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Locals and environmentalists have opposed a plan to expand a coal-fired power plan in northern Bali, Indonesia.They are worried that the expansion will exacerbate the existing impact of the plant on the environment and locals’ health and livelihoods.A particular concern focuses on the survival of dolphins and endemic species living in close proximity to the plant, with Greenpeace saying the dolphins have particularly been affected since the plant came on line in 2015.Another major worry is air pollution, with many locals complaining of respiratory ailments as a result of the fumes and coal dust emitted from the plant. JAKARTA — Dolphins haven’t had it easy in Bali, a resort island in Indonesia that’s massively popular with tourists.They’re often held captive in chlorinated pools for traveling circuses; a report alleges that dolphins at one such outfit had their teeth filed down or removed altogether to prevent bite injuries to swimmers.But the biggest challenge they face is one that threatens their habitat and that could potentially drive them away from the island’s waters. That challenge comes in the form of a massive coal-fired power plant in the sleepy fishing village of Celukan Bawang, on Bali’s north coast. The plant lies west of the popular Lovina Beach, a prime spot for dolphin-watching boat tours.But the tour operators could soon be out of business, if the grim scenario painted by a Greenpeace report plays out. Since the plant began operating in 2015, the environmental watchdog says, it has dumped coal waste residue on the land and in the sea, wreaking havoc on the local ecosystem. The steady traffic of coal barges supplying the plant have also damaged coral reefs and driven away fish.The impact has been far-reaching, the report says, with local fishermen forced to sail further out to sea because of declining catches in their traditional fishing areas closer to shore.Dolphins putting on a bit of a show for tourists (in exchange for a bucket of fish) off the island of Bali, Indonesia. Image by Dominic Alves/Flickr.In hot waterDidit Haryo, a climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace Indonesia, says dolphins are among the animals most affected by the power plant.The plant is just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Lovina Beach, and as such lies easily within the typical dolphin roaming range of around 40 kilometers.“In the past, locals in Celukan Bawang said there were still many dolphins passing by,” Didit told Mongabay. “But they say they rarely see dolphins nowadays.”There are several ways in which the plant is potentially impacting the local dolphin population, says Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika, a marine mammal expert at the University of Queensland in Australia.For starters, there’s the pollution from the heavy metals disposed of into the sea, as well as rising water temperatures due to the pumping of hot water from the plant’s cooling system. Then there’s the high volume of coal-barge traffic, raising the risk of dolphins getting hit. Finally there’s the noise pollution from the ships’ sonar, which can disorient the dolphins, who rely on their own sonar to communicate and navigate.“But the biggest threats are the heavy metal pollution and hot water,” Liza told Mongabay.Liza, who studied the dolphins of northern Bali in 2010, said she found they ranged from 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Celukan Bawang, to 40 kilometers west of the village, in West Bali National Park. That puts the power plant right in the dolphins’ known habitat.Didit said he suspected the decrease in reported dolphin sightings off Celukan Bawang was liked directly to the warming of the seawater there, which is pumped into the plant to cool it before being pumped back out at a higher temperature.“It’s still an assumption, but it must’ve been caused by the power plant, which needs a lot of water to cool down its machines,” he said.Liza said that while there had been no research done on the direct impact to dolphins of warmer waters around power plants, climate research had shown that a water temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was devastating for whales. Dolphins and whales in tropical waters can only tolerate temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).“Anything more than 30 degrees Celsius will likely cause them to flee,” Liza said. “But unfortunately, this fact is used by the proponents of the power plant to argue that it’s actually a good thing for the dolphins to flee from the plant.”The environmental agency in Buleleng district, the administrative region that includes Lovina, Celukan Bawang and the West Bali National Park, said that its own tests showed water and air quality near the power plant were at acceptable levels. According to the agency, six samples of seawater from the area showed an average temperature of 30.9 degrees Celsius (87.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — lower than the officially sanctioned limit of 35 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit), but higher than the tolerable limit for cetaceans.These include beaked whales, whose migration route passes through the area, according to Liza. She said four of the whales got stranded on the shore between Celukan Bawang and Lovina in August 2015, the same month the power plant went into operation.Lovina Beach, one of the most famous beach resorts in North Bali, Indonesia. The beach resort is threatened by the expansion of a coal power plant nearby. Image by marthelelièvre/flickr.Impact on the communityIt’s not just the marine life that’s feeling the literal and figurative heat from the Celukan Bawang plant. Locals have complained about pollution, waste, loss of livelihoods, and unresolved land compensation deals, with a third of the plant’s site still in dispute.The impact on the local community was documented in a Greenpeace report released in April this year, which quoted residents and local officials. Many of them complained of health problems, particularly respiratory ailments caused by the dust and fumes from the burning coal.One of them is Karimun, 63, who lives just 50 meters (164 feet) from where the plant’s smoke stacks stand today, with nine other family members. This is despite a 1997 law on environmental impact assessments, which stipulates a minimum distance of 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) between a power plant and the nearest residential area.“I’m worried about my health,” Karimun said as quoted in the report. “I’ve gotten sick, so have my grandchildren, usually from respiratory issues and fevers.”Before the plant was built, Karimun said, none of them had been this sick. But now, she said, they visited the doctor at least four times a month.Emissions from coal-fired power plants can expose people living within the vicinity to dangerous levels of tiny carcinogenic particles known as PM2.5. These particles are small enough to enter the bloodstream, and long-term exposure to them can cause acute respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease. Other noxious emissions produced by coal-fired power plants include nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, and heavy metals like mercury.Since the government doesn’t provide air quality data in the area, Greenpeace decided to monitor the air quality in Celukan Bawang and the main tourism hub of Denpasar, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the plant.According to Greenpeace’s real-time monitoring, uploaded to the global air quality monitoring platform IQAIR Air Visual, the level of PM2.5 in Celukan Bawang usually hit more than 50 micrograms per cubic meter in the mornings. This is double the WHO’s guideline level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter in a 24-hour period. On July 3, the PM2.5 level in Celukan Bawang spiked to 100.4 micrograms per cubic meter.Greenpeace’s Didit said PM2.5 particles could travel as far as Denpasar on the wind. The watchdog’s air quality data showed two days during the monitoring period — July 19 and 24 — when the PM2.5 level in the city exceeded the WHO guideline level, hitting 29.8 and 29.6 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively.PT General Energy Bali, which operates the power plant, has refuted Greenpeace’s claims. It said that since the plant began operating three years ago, it had not caused any damage to the environment. The company’s general affairs manager, Putu Singyen, said the operator had adhered to every government regulation, including those related to the environment.“I’m also a Buleleng resident and I don’t want the environment to be damaged,” he told The Jakarta Post. “Everything is fine.”This image from Google Earth shows Celukan Bawang village and the coal plant on its coast.Doubling downThe operator is now looking to more than double the plant’s output to meet growing demand for electricity across Bali. The Celukan Bawang plant currently has a generating capacity of 426 megawatts; the second phase of the project would bring an additional 660 megawatts on line.Environmental activists say they’re concerned that this will result in increases in pollution, pumping of hot water into the sea, and barge traffic.Mercury and ash produced from burning the coal could wash as far as Lovina Beach, destroying the dolphins’ habitat, said Greenpeace senior coal campaigner and air pollution researcher Lauri Myllyvirta. The group calculates that the amount of mercury produced annually by the power plant should the expansion go ahead would more than double from the current 30 kilograms to 80 kilograms (66 pounds to 176 pounds).Liza said this could spell greater trouble for the dolphins.“The pollutants will accumulate in their bodies,” she said. And because they’re mammals, they could potentially pass it on to their offspring through their milk, she said.The expansion of the plant could also exacerbate the air pollution, eventually enveloping the entire island and threatening the tourism industry, the backbone of Bali’s economy, Myllyvirta said.An infographic showing the potential impact of the expansion of the Celukan Bawang Power Plant in North Bali, Indonesia. Image by Greenpeace.According to Greenpeace’s modeling, the air pollution could also affect West Bali National Park, home to several endemic species, including the critically endangered Bali myna (Leucopsar rothschildi).“Why is the impact of the expanded power plant expected to be much greater than the existing impact?” Didit said. “It’s simply because the planned capacity of the plant … It means more coal and more pollution.”Greenpeace says the current level of air pollution from the plant is responsible for causing 190 premature deaths each year, and says the figure could total to 7,000 after 30 years in operation at its current capacity.If the plant is expanded, the projected number of deaths over that same period could top 19,000, Greenpeace says.The Celukan Bawang coal-fired power plant has been blamed by advocacy group Greenpeace for damaging the environment, public health and the local economy. Image by Alit Kertaraharja/Mongabay-Indonesia.‘Hothouse Earth’Those same emissions will also have significant climate impacts. The expanded plant is projected to burn nearly 3 million tonnes of coal per year, according to the environmental impact assessment for the project. After 30 years, it would have released more than 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the exhaust emissions of 38.8 million motor vehicles over the course of a year.That would exacerbate the threat that climate change already poses to the hundreds of thousands of people living along Bali’s northern coast, according to Sarah Burt, a staff attorney at the U.S.-based nonprofit Earthjustice.“Although this region is already imperiled by warming seas, sea level rise and storm surges, the government ignored climate change when approving the project,” she said in a blog post.It will also jeopardize Indonesia’s international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030. And the stakes have never been this high for Indonesia, and other countries, to meet, if not exceed, their climate targets, with researchers warning that the planet could soon cross a threshold leading to extreme weather events and rising sea levels.Even if countries succeed in meeting their emission reduction targets, the world could still lurch toward this “irreversible pathway” into a future scenario dubbed “hothouse Earth,” according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“What we are saying is that when we reach 2 degrees of warming, we may be at a point where we hand over the control mechanism to Planet Earth herself,” Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, a co-author of the study, told BBC News.Under this scenario, some of the Earth’s natural sinks of carbon dioxide, such as forests, oceans and soil, will become net emitters, leading to a cycle of uncontrollable warming.“We are the ones in control right now, but once we go past 2 degrees, we see that the Earth system tips over from being a friend to a foe,” Rockström said. “We totally hand over our fate to an Earth system that starts rolling out of equilibrium.”The first trial of the lawsuit filed by locals of the Celukan Bawang village in North Bali, Indonesia, against the Bali provincial administration for issuing the permit for the expansion of the Celukan Bawang Power Plant, on March 6, 2018. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay Indonesia.‘Null and void’In a bid to stop the expansion of the plant, community leaders in Celukan Bawang, supported by Greenpeace and lawyers from the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), have filed a lawsuit against the Bali provincial administration. They argue that the permit for the plant’s expansion was issued by the governor of Bali in April 2017 without the prior and involved consent of the affected communities.In his court, Muhamad Anshari, a resident, said the meeting to inform locals about the plant expansion project in August 2016 was only attended by 23 people from two neighborhood units — less than 1 percent of Celukan Bawang’s population of 5,461 people from 23 neighborhood units.The residents also note that the permit fails to include detailed assessments on the impact of the expansion on the environment, the health of residents, and their livelihoods. The permit, for instance, omits projections on the plant expansion’s impact on air quality, as well as data on the existing impact of the plant on air quality.“I’ve experienced firsthand the impact of the existing plant,” said Ketut Mangku Wiana, one of the plaintiffs. “There’s a stench coming from the plant. My throat became very dry.”Liza, the marine biologist who testified as an expert witness in the trial, said the environmental impact assessment for the plant expansion was riddled with omissions, including simple points such as the date that water samples were collected.“I read the document and I couldn’t find the date,” she said. “I’m not an expert in environmental impact assessments, but if the document was a thesis, I wouldn’t give it a passing grade because, scientifically speaking, it has a lot of holes.”She also countered skepticism raised about her expertise, saying that while her study on dolphins near Celukan Bawang was conducted in 2010, long before the plant was built, it was still more than the plant operators had done.“Did they even bother to study [the impact of the plant on dolphins] at all?” she said. “They have to prove [that the plant doesn’t affect the dolphins] through modeling, but there’s no research at all.”In support of the lawsuit, Earthjustice, along with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) and other green NGOS from around the world have submitted an amicus brief to aid the court in its decision. The groups say the expansion plan for the Celukan Bawang plant doesn’t include a comprehensive analysis of the climate change impacts.Margaretha Quina, the head of environmental pollution at ICEL, said that reason alone should be enough for the court “to declare the Celukan Bawang power plant’s environmental permit null and void.”The brief also says the project is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and warming waters.“Sea level rise as high as 1.32 meters [4.33 feet] would increase the risk of coastal flooding and storm surges, which would affect operation of the plant, including threats to coal ash containment structures,” the groups said.A coal pit at the Celukan Bawang power plant in northern Bali. Image by Alit Kertaraharja/Mongabay Indonesia.King coalThe expansion of the Celukan Bawang plant is representative of the Indonesian government’s heavy reliance on coal to meet the country’s growing energy needs.More than 60 percent of the electricity produced in Indonesia comes from coal-fired plants, and that capacity is expected to nearly double by 2027 to meet rising demand, according to the government’s electricity procurement business plan.Bali, in particular, is experiencing a tourism boom, with new hotels and restaurants popping up regularly. That demand will have to be met by building new power-generating capacity on the island, either through coal or gas, Jisman Hutajulu, a senior electricity official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told Reuters.However, Jisman said the decision on whether to opt for more fossil fuel capacity or renewable energy was ultimately up to local governments to make, with energy security, the environment and the cost all factored in.Critics of the Celukan Bawang plant say the additional power demand can easily be met with renewable energy, given sunny Bali’s untapped potential for solar generation.A worker walking by rows of solar panels at the Kayubihi Power Plant in Bangli district, Bali. The Kayubihi Power Plant is the only solar-powered plant operating in Bali out of a total of three plants. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay Indonesia.Island in the sunIf Bali’s renewable energy potential was fully exploited, it could generate as much as 115,372 gigawatt-hours per year of electricity, 98 percent of it from solar — far above its projected requirement of just 4,992.7 GWh per year by 2019 — according to a 2017 report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).Even if just 5 percent of that renewable potential was developed, the island could easily meet its projected energy requirement.The districts of Buleleng in the north, home to Celukan Bawang, and Klungkung in the southeast offer the greatest technical potential for solar development, according to the ADB report. Combined, these two regions, where thousands of people still lack reliable access to electricity, could generate 59,000 gigawatt-hours per year of power from solar alone, the ADB researchers estimated.In Denpasar, the provincial capital, there’s “huge potential” to install solar panels on rooftops, the report said, pointing to warehouses, factories, schools, public buildings and other structures with concrete roofs.Annual solar irradiance, or the total power per unit received from the sun, ranges from 1,490 to 1,776 kilowatt-hours per square meter in Bali, compared to 900 kilowatt-hours per square meter in parts of Europe, where that figure is considered sufficient for solar power generation.“[This] is a clear indication that Bali has the potential for commercially viable solar energy projects,” the ADB report said. “However, without proper policy and market intervention, it would be difficult to harness this potential.”The researchers also said that large energy storage systems would be needed if all the power demand in Bali was to be met by solar energy.Another hurdle to renewables in Indonesia is legislation stipulating that new renewable energy projects must provide electricity at a price about 15 percent cheaper than existing power plants in a given province. As a result, renewables often cannot compete with dirt-cheap coal.Despite all the challenges, Greenpeace’s Didit said the ADB report clearly showed it was up to the government to tap into the renewables potential with appropriate policies and market intervention.Bali already has three solar power plants. But only one of them, in Bangli district, is operating and selling power to state-owned electricity company PLN, after the local administration established a local company to sign an agreement with PLN. The two other plants are largely abandoned, with decaying facilities and no one to operate them.“Because the local governments have no willingness [to support them],” Didit said. “So the problem only lies in the willingness of the government. If they want [to develop renewables], they certainly can, because the price of solar panels in the past 10 years has declined by more than 60 percent.”Businesses also prefer renewables over coal to meet energy demand on the island, saying that the pollution from coal-fired plants could jeopardize the resort island’s tourism industry.“Clean energy and sustainability are among requirements for quality tourism,” Bagus Sudibya, vice president of the Association of Indonesia Tours and Travel (ASITA), told The Jakarta Post. “Coal, one of the non-renewable energy sources, has been avoided by developed countries. Why are we still using it?”Bali’s current power supply is already more than sufficient to meet demand, rendering the planned expansion of the Celukan Bawang plant redundant, critics say. Bali’s energy demand peaked in October 2016, reaching 860 megawatts, according to PLN’s electricity procurement business plan. Supply, meanwhile, is at 1,200 megawatts, about a third of which comes from neighboring Java Island, through undersea cables, Didit said.“So based on data from recent years, Bali won’t need that much energy as the existing energy supply is enough,” he said. “So this is the perfect time for Bali to shift from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy.”last_img read more

Research shows lack of exercise increases risk of cancer

first_imgThe Irish Cancer Society was concerned to learn that almost four out of 10 women and three in 10 men in Ireland are putting themselves at increased risk of diseases, such as cancer, by not getting enough exercise. According to new research by the World Health Organization (WHO), regular physical activity helps to protect against some types of cancer coming back and other types of cancer developing.The research provides clear evidence to tell the Irish Cancer Society that physical activity and exercise can reduce your risk of breast, bowel and womb cancer. It may also help prevent lung cancer. There are also many other benefits to being active. Physical activity helps to reduce the symptoms of fatigue, the side-effects of cancer treatments and improves your overall wellbeing and heart health.Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Being physically active not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, it can also lower insulin and oestrogen levels, reduce inflammation, improve the digestion and immune system, all of which can reduce our risk of cancer.“Avoiding sitting for long periods of time and getting as much activity and movement into our daily activities as possible is really important to reduce our risk.”At the Irish Cancer Society’s National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, there will be workshops on the importance of exercise after a cancer diagnosis. This free event for cancer survivors and their families, entitled Living Well with Cancer takes place in Galway on September 15 at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit and in Cork on September 22 at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs.For more information or to register to attend the conference visit: www.cancer.ie/living-well email support@irishcancer.ieor call our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700.See what steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer at: cancer.ie/reduce-your-riskResearch shows lack of exercise increases risk of cancer was last modified: September 5th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerexerciseIrish Cancer Societylast_img read more

Fighting gender violence ‘everyone’s duty’

first_imgIt is the duty of all South Africans to play their part in the fight against the abuse of women and children, Brand South Africa said as this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign got under way on Monday.“It is a basic human right to have a sense of safety and security,” Brand South Africa marketing and communications director Wendy Tlou said in a statement.“It is our duty as citizens of our country, young or old, men or women to play our part to build a non-violent and secure nation and make this a 365 day campaign in our country. “We call on you to speak out and encourage victims to seek help,” Tlou said. “We urge all men to support women and children, and play their part through active opposition of abuse.“As South Africa prepares to mark 20 years of democracy, there are many achievements and milestones that we can celebrate as a nation. We must begin to count as a success the way in which we treat women and children.”ABUSE ‘THREATENS OUR HARD-WON FREEDOM’‘It is the duty of all South Africans to play their part in the fight against the abuse of women and children’, says Brand South Africa at the launch of this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign (Image: GovernmentZA flickrstream)Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana echoed these sentiments during the launch of the 16 Days campaign in Mafikeng, North West province on Sunday.Xingwana said abuse threatened to erode many of the hard-earned gains of South Africa’s liberation struggle by condemning women and children to a life of fear and preventing them from being productive members of society.“We believe that the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence require the collective efforts of all South Africans,” Xingwana said. “We remain convinced that empowering women will help us win the war against poverty, inequality, unemployment and abuse.”The 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is a worldwide campaign that raises awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and encourages people to act against abuse.The campaign runs worldwide from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), with the government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media all participating in the awareness drive.MEASURES TO COMBAT GENDER VIOLENCESouth Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.In the last year, the government has established a National Council against Gender Based Violence as well as an inter-ministerial committee to look into the root causes of violence against women and children in the country.The reinstatement of sexual offences courts across the country over the next three years will also boost South Africa’s efforts to combat gender-based violence. The courts will feature specially trained officials, procedures and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims.And earlier this month, Xingwana said the government would be working to implement the National Action Plan for Children. The plan, approved by the Cabinet in May, is a comprehensive guide for all government departments and agencies for realising children’s rights.It takes into account the Constitution‚ international and regional treaties‚ South African legislation‚ the UN Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Plan.“It is crucial that we invest more time and effort and exercise more vigilance to ensure that all our children are safe and protected,” Xingwana said. “Twenty years into our democracy, our democratic government has done a lot for our children, but we acknowledge that a lot more still needs to be done.“We must continue to build a South Africa where our children feel safe and secure, and that responsibility falls on us as government and also on families, parents and communities. Our children need support from all of us.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Johnson Controls Offers Dual Iris Capture with Iris ID Iris Access iCAM 7S and…

first_imgJohnson Controls has recently introduced the Iris ID® IrisAccess® iCAM 7S Series multifactor biometric readers, reportedly offering improved performance and easy integration with Software House’s C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform. The IrisAccess iCAM 7S Series readers are part of the new fifth-generation IrisAccess platform, whose global, multi-market deployments reportedly number in the millions.When used with C•CURE 9000, the readers become part of a security management system that can monitor events, manage personnel, create reports and operate as a unified security management system when integrated with video, intrusion, fire, real-time location and other security devices and platforms. C•CURE 9000 uses a 64-bit operating system and multiple CPU cores to make it faster and more secure secure. The platform can also be deployed across multiple sites and managed from a single user interface.“Iris ID has been a leader in iris recognition technology for the last 15 years, and its reputation is built on high quality focus, high performance results, and device security,” said Jason Ouellette, global product general manager, access control, building technologies and solutions, Johnson Controls. “The integration of the Iris ID IrisAccess iCAM 7S Series readers with the C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform brings together two powerful and highly flexible technologies that can be used with multiple brands and platforms in new deployments or with an already existing infrastructure.”- Sponsor – The IrisAccess iCAM 7S Series with C•CURE 9000 feature fast, fully automatic dual iris capture and a non-contact, hygienic reader offering high accuracy, excellent throughput and flexibility in integration. An intuitive user interface employs audio and visual cues to facilitate fast user enrollment from the edge. Built-in high- and low-frequency card readers and an optional touch screen LCD keypad provide single, double and triple authentication options. Security features built into the iCAM hardware and Entry Access Control (EAC) software help prevent tampering. High resolution, high standards-based image quality makes the readers ideal for use in high security deployments.In addition, each reader has the database capability of 100,000 credentials with biometric data and a transaction log capacity of up to one million transactions per reader, making the iCAM 7S Series readers suitable for high traffic areas. IrisAccess iCAM 7S Series readers are compatible with the IrisAccess 4000 and 7000 Iris Recognition platforms, in addition to the C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform integration.For more information, visit www.swhouse.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Line-ups: Brescia-Fiorentina

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Mario Balotelli is benched against a Fiorentina side who line up with the same XI for the sixth straight game. Balotelli is in Brescia’s matchday squad against Fiorentina, but no chances are taken over his knee after it gave him trouble. Taking his place alongside Alfredo Donnarumma up top is Florian Aye, who has yet to score in six appearances for the new boys. However, Sandro Tonali – on a high from his Italy debut – starts as usual in central midfield, hoping to showcase more of his burgeoning potential. The Rondinelle take on a Fiorentina team looking completely rejuvenated after three straight wins. With that in mind, Vincenzo Montella sees no reason to make changes so Franck Ribery continues alongside Federico Chiesa in attack. Midfield talent Gaetano Castrovilli has also caught the eye in recent weeks and signed a new contract earlier in October. Kick-off has been moved back to 20:00 BST after the Viola’s team bus was held up by traffic. Brescia: Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Chancellor, Mateju; Bisoli, Tonali, Dessena; Romulo; Donnarumma, Aye Fiorentina: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Pulgar, Badelj, Castrovilli, Dalbert; Chiesa, Ribery Referee: Calvareselast_img read more

Ohio State looking for answers as it finishes nonconference schedule vs Western

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee steps into the end zone for a score during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorWhile the defense has kept Ohio State No. 1 in the country and undefeated through three games, team members have made it clear that its current pace will not work throughout the season.“We have to play better, we have to coach better, we have to play better. We have to execute. We have to do a better job as an offensive unit,” running backs coach Tony Alford said Monday.In OSU’s first two home games — victories against Hawaii and Northern Illinois — the Buckeyes’ two quarterbacks, redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, combined to go just 35-of-61 for 314 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.Jones’ 4-of-9 start against Northern Illinois caused coach Urban Meyer to pull the plug on him for that game early in the second quarter. However, Meyer said on Wednesday that Barrett has not done enough to unseat Jones as the starter, and Jones will make his seventh consecutive start on Saturday.After the Northern Illinois game, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said that a more aggressive mindset is required to be successful regardless of which player is under center.“The thing is, we’re just really not starting drives well,” Elliott said. “So we get behind and behind, and we’re the type of offense that’s always running, so that’s a problem.”On Saturday, OSU is gearing up to welcome the Western Michigan Broncos for its fourth and final nonconference game, and third consecutive home contest. The Broncos are paced by redshirt junior quarterback Zach Terrell, who ranks 10th in the nation with 947 passing yards through three games.“I’m very excited for this matchup,” redshirt sophomore cornerback Eli Apple said. “They’re a very good receiving corps, for sure, and have a good quarterback as well, so I’m ready, I can’t wait.”Missing in actionWhile the core of the Buckeyes is still mostly intact heading into the fourth game of the season, there are a few players who serve as valuable depth that OSU will likely be without on Saturday.Redshirt freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell has started each of the Buckeyes’ three games this season opposite redshirt junior Michael Thomas but is still seeking his first collegiate reception.That appears to be on hold for at least one more week, as the Akron, Ohio, product was not listed in the depth chart for the WMU game. Campbell left Saturday’s game during the first quarter with a left knee bruise and did not return. Taking his place at the second starting wideout spot on the depth chart is sophomore Curtis Samuel, who leads the team with 11 receptions.Also away from the field on Saturday will be sophomore cornerback Damon Webb, who is  suspended indefinitely from the team for an undisclosed violation of an athletics department policy.“Damon was playing well for us, and he’ll be missed,” co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said on Monday. “But we’ve got enough people that will fill in, and we’ll continue to get the production that we need.”Finally, the date of freshman running back Mike Weber’s return from a meniscus tear is still not clear. OSU coaches have mentioned for a few weeks that he is near a return to make his debut.“We’ll see. That’s a day-to-day deal as he works through with the trainers,” Alford said. The coach said the team doesn’t plan to redshirt the Detroit native.Previously for Western MichiganThe first three games of the season for WMU were marked by inconsistency.The Broncos began the season by putting somewhat of a scare into now-No. 2 Michigan State in a home game, falling 37-24 after cutting the deficit to 10 early in the fourth quarter. Terrell had a big game, completing 33 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions and seven sacks marred the effort.The next game was not as encouraging for WMU, as it was crushed by Georgia Southern 43-17. Terrell threw three more interceptions, and the Broncos allowed 413 rushing yards.Finally, in last week’s game they allowed 367 total yards to Football Championship Subdivision opponent Murray State, but won 52-20 to grab its first win. Terrell had a huge game, going 25-of-30 for 355 yards and four scores, without throwing a pick.MACtionAgainst teams currently in Western Michigan’s Mid-American Conference, the Buckeyes hold a 31-1 record. The one loss? Just 111 years ago against Akron — known then as Buchtel College and coached by trophy-namesake John Heisman.Northern Illinois had a chance to end that streak last week but came up seven points short. Now, the Broncos will get a crack at it Saturday. WMU has never faced the Buckeyes.Up nextAfter wrapping up its nonconference schedule against the Broncos, OSU is set to travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to open up Big Ten play against the Hoosiers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. read more

Rep Yaroch creates flexibility to spend salvage fees on police protection

first_img27Jun Rep. Yaroch creates flexibility to spend salvage fees on police protection Categories: News,Yaroch News Legislator sees plan as example of government working for the peopleA proposal introduced by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch addressing how money collected from salvaged vehicle inspection fees is distributed has been signed by the governor.Salvaged vehicles are reconstructed vehicles that once had sustained major damage and were deemed a total loss, which signifies the cost of repair was higher than the policy on them.Under current law, the Secretary of State cannot issue a certificate of title or registration plates for a rebuilt salvaged vehicle unless a trained official passes the vehicle through an inspection. The inspections are meant to ensure stolen parts were not used to rebuild the vehicle and that the reconstruction was done to code. The inspections are handled by the Secretary of State or local police, if they choose to assist.When police departments do participate, Yaroch’s new law amends a provision for allocation of money collected from the inspection fees. Instead of requiring fees to be used solely for equipment to prevent auto theft, local governments can now distribute the funds more broadly to support patrol service costs to prevent auto theft.“I am committed to eliminating the red tape that stands in the way of local governments serving their residents and ensuring government is working for the people and not the other way around,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “This was a common-sense idea hatched on the ground in Michigan and it’s going to have real, meaningful results.”Yaroch said the reform grew from a conversation he had with Armada Village Council member Sherri Cooper during a listening tour stop. Armada is one of a handful of police departments in the state who assist with salvage title inspections and develop revenue.“Armada could buy a police car under the old law, but couldn’t use these fees to put an actual officer in that police car,” said Yaroch. “The law just didn’t make sense and put communities in a difficult spot from a spending perspective. Now communities like Armada have more flexibility to better utilize these funds to protect their citizens.”The bill, which was supported by the Michigan Township Association and the Michigan Secretary of State, also allows for the auditing of salvage inspection funds.House Bill 4922 previously went through the House and Senate in nearly unanimous, bipartisan fashion and is now Public Act 108 of 2018.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, joined Armada Village Council member Sherri Cooper with a copy of House Bill 4922 at a recent meeting. HB 4922, now a law as Public Act 108 of 2018, gives local governments that have collected salvaged vehicle inspection fees broader ways to spend it within their police departments.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable TV operator UPC Polska

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable TV operator UPC Polska is to make SPI’s FilmBox, FilmBox HD, FilmBox Extra and FilmBox Family channels available at no charge to Select package subscribers from March 31 to April 13 as a promotional offering. Movies made available during the promotional window will include Coco Chanel, The Rum Diary, The Reader and The King’s Speech.last_img

The Crown producer Left Bank has landed a pilot or

first_imgThe Crown producer Left Bank has landed a pilot order from Amazon and will make Oasis, an adaptation of the Michael Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things that will feature Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.The project is one of five in Amazon’s latest ‘pilot season’, in which the streaming service trials new dramas and kids shows with its subs.The latest line-up also includes a pilot from Gilmore Girls’ scribe Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The New V.I.P.’s, Amazon’s first move into grown-up animation.Oasis will be made by Sony-backed Left Bank and Amazon Studios and also feature Indian star Anil Kapoor. It was previously billed as an original for the Prime SVOD service in India but the pilot will go out across the international footprint and Madden has global appeal after his Game of Thrones run.The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows a suburban housewife (House of Cards’ Rachel Brosnahan) in late 1950s Manattan who discovers she has a talent for stand-up comedy. Daniel Palladino (Family Guy) is among the exec producers.Animated effort The New V.I.P.’s comes from The Life & Times of Tim’s Steve Dildarian and follows a group of junior employees who take control of a big business after accidentally killing their boss.The selection is rounded out by The Legend of Master Legend, a black comedy about an urban superhero balancing crime-fighting and family life, and Budding Prospects, following a group of stoners attempting to set up a weed farm in California. The former counts Transparent’s Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster among its exec producers, and the latter is from Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa) and counts Fleabag’s Brett Gelman among the writing team.Amazon claims its pilot programme offers subs a chance to influence the shows that get taken to series for the streaming service although the company’s programming team make the final choices.last_img read more