City dam levels reach 81,7%

first_imgCape Town 180907 Theewaterskloof dam now has almost four times as much water in its system as it did back in March.Cape Town dam levels pass the two-thirds mark standing at 66.7% full Picture Ayanda Ndamane African News Agency ANA The dams supplying the City of Cape Town are 81,7% full for the first time in years. Collective water consumption for the past week of 12 to 18 August 2019 has decreased by 105 million litres per day from 608 to 503 million litres per day. The daily consumption has decreased considerably and water users remain within the daily allocation of 650 million litres per day.Meanwhile, Western Cape dam levels have risen above 65%. Currently, the average level for the province is 65.7%. Last year at this time the level was 53%.last_img

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England and Wales jails more than any other EU country

first_imgMore people are imprisoned in England and Wales than anywhere else in the EU, official statistics show.Figures published by the Council of Europe show that England and Wales had an incarceration rate of 148.3 per 100,000 of population in September 2015.That was more than 50% higher than France and nearly double the rate in Germany.The highest incarceration rate across 45 European countries was recorded by the Russian Federation (439 per 100,000), with the lowest rates posted by the Netherlands and Scandinavia.Last month justice secretary Liz Truss announced measures to reform prisons and cut reoffending rates.last_img

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Again, Republicans fail to replace Obamacare

first_imgBY Garth A. Rose After several attempts since 2010 when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans again failed to either replace or repeal that law.The last attempt to replace the ACA, or Obamacare, came early on Friday morning. Then, US Senate Republicans failed to get the votes to pass what they called the “skinny” repeal of the ACA.Three Republican senators: Senator John McCain of Arizona, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Arizona refused to vote with their colleagues.Blow to TrumpThe failed vote is regarded as a blow to President Trump. He has focused on the replacement of Obamacare as his primary policy objective since he assumed office in January.Senator McCain who returned to the Senate earlier this week after brain surgery and a diagnosis of brain cancer cast a no vote regarded as shocking. However, in addressing the Senate after he voted this week for the Senate to proceed in putting forward the bill to replace Obama care, he indicated he would not vote for an imperfect bill.On Thursday afternoon, McCain and Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, appearing on a TV broadcast, said they would not vote for the “skinny” version of the replacement bill. Graham referred to the watered-down version of the bill as “a fraud.” Both McCain and Graham said they would not vote to approve the new version of the bill unless they were assured it would not be the bill to advance to President’s Trump to be signed into law. However, Graham did vote for the bill on Friday morning.Bipartisan negotiations the only wayMcCain also told the Senate in his address earlier this week, that  the preferred way of getting a revised healthcare bill was through bipartisan negotiation between Republicans and Democrats.After the latest failed vote Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell said, “This is clearly a disappointing moment.”The overwhelming majority of Caribbean-Americans in South Florida support Obamacare. Nonetheless, most also agree there are flaws in the program. They also want Republicans and Democrats to work together in Congress to fix these flaws.last_img read more

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Three-year African elephant census reveals dramatic decline

first_imgThe results of a three-year aerial survey of Africa’s elephants published Thursday revealed a dramatic 30 percent decline in savannah elephant populations, largely due to poaching.“We completed a successful survey of massive scale, and what we learned is deeply disturbing,” said Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist who spent $7 million (6.3 million euros) funding the census.The first-of-its-kind survey is the largest wildlife census ever and involved flying over 18 African countries with scientists and conservationists counting live elephants and carcasses to establish a baseline for future studies of elephant populations and how to protect them better.“Armed with this knowledge of dramatically declining elephant populations, we share a collective responsibility to take action,” Allen said as the results were published on Thursday at a meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Hawaii.Named the Great Elephant Census (GEC), the three-year programme began in December 2013 and involved 81 aeroplanes and 286 crew flying 463,000 kilometres over 18 countries, said James Deutsch, of Allen’s Vulcan Inc investment company.A total of 352,271 elephants were counted during the survey, representing a decline of 30 percent between 2007-14 equivalent to 144,000 elephants. Currently savannah elephant numbers are declining at eight percent a year, the study said.Poaching hotspots identified include Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania where “staggering population declines” were found. Other populations face “local extinction” in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Cameroon and southwest Zambia.However, populations were found to be stable or even increasing in South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, parts of Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and the W-Arli-Pendjari conservation area that spans the borders of Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.“If we can’t save the African elephant, what is the hope for conserving the rest of Africa’s wildlife?” said Mike Chase, of conservation organisation Elephants Without Borders, who led the census.Two countries are still to be surveyed: Central African Republic and South Sudan where conflict has made access tricky. Allen now also plans to launch a similar survey of Africa’s forest elephants which are thought to have also suffered badly from poaching.– AFPlast_img read more

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Tampomas II, Ingatkan Tragedi di Perairan Masalembo

first_imgPada waktu itu, diketahui KM Tampomas II mengangkut 1.055 penumpang terdaftar dengan 82 awak kapal dan terdapat 191 mobil dan 200 motor di dalam kapal. Saat itu bila ditotal dengan penumpang gelap, jumlah penumpang KM Tampomas II sekitar 1442 orang. Sebelum terjadi kebakaran, memang KM Tampomas II mengalami kerusakan pada salah satu mesin kapal. Namun dalam perjalanan, hingga 24 Januari malam, tidak terjadi apapun walaupun kondisi salah satu mesin rusak.Tetapi, saat itu ombak bulan Januari sangat besar dibandingkan bulan lainnya yakni sekitar 7-10 meter dengan kecepatan angin 15 knots dan sangat wajar terjadi. Pada 25 Januari pagi, keadaan KM Tampomas II pun berlangsung seperti biasa. Nahas, 25 Januari malam tepatnya pukul 20.00 WITA, laut tengah terjadi badai yang hebat, beberapa mesin mengalami kebocoran bahan bakar dan puntung rokok dari ventilasi menyebabkan percikan api.Kru yang melihat kejadian ini, mencoba memadamkan dengan tabung pemadam portabel tetapi gagal. Api justru semakin menjalar dan menyebabkan selama dua jam tenaga utama mati serta generator darurat pun gagal sehinggaa usaha pemadaman dihentikan karena tidak memungkinkan apalagi ditambah bahan bakar yang masih ada di setiap kendaraan. Sayangnya pemberitahuan kepada penumpang, terlambat untuk memberitahukan arah dan lokasi sekoci. Karena hanya ada satu jalan untuk menuju sekoci dan penumpang ribuan, membuat banyak dari mereka (penumpang) yang terjun bebas kelaut dan sisanya menunggu pertolongan dengan panik.Baca Juga: Rute Tol laut Tanjung Priok-Panjang, Akankah Berdampak Pada Lintasan Merak-Bakauheni?Karena adanya kebakaran ini, KM Sangihe yang dalam perjalanan dari Pare-Part menuju Surabaya dan dilanjut dengan KM ILmamui pada pukul 21.00 langsung membantu. Kemudian disusul empat jam kemudian kapal tangker Istana IV dan masih berdatangan kapal lainnya yakni Adhiguna Kurnia dan KM Sengata datang untuk membantu menyelamatkan korban. Tanggal 27 Januari, tepatnya dua hari setelah KM Tampomas II terbakar, terjadi ledakan di ruang mesin dan membuat kapal miring hingga 45 derajat dan pada pukul 13.45 WITA akhirnya KM Tampomas II tenggelam ke dasar Laut Jawa dengan 288 korban tewas di dek bawah.Baca Juga: Kereta Ferry, Sensasi Naik Kereta di Tengah LautKM Tampomas II awalnya bernama MV Great Emerald diproduksi tahun 1956 oleh Mitsubishi Heavy Industries di Shimonoseki, Jepang, tergolong jenis Kapal RoRo (Roll On-Roll Off) dengan tipe Screw Steamer berukuran 6139 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) dan berbobot mati 2.419.690 DWT (Dead-Weight Tonnage). Kapal ini berkapasitas 1250-1500 orang penumpang, dengan kecepatan maksimum 19.5 knots. Memiliki lebar 22 meter dan Panjang 125,6 meter.Kemudian kapal ini dibeli oleh PT. PANN (Pengembangan Armada Niaga Nasional) dari Pihak Jepang, Comodo Marine Co. SA seharga US$8.3 Juta. Kemudian di beli oleh PT PELNI dengan cara mengangsur. Pertama kali di operasikan di Indonesia, kapal ini melaju melayani rute Jakarta – Padang dan Jakata – Ujung Pandang (Makassar) yang memang padat. Selesai berlayar, kapal ini diberi waktu beristirahat selama empat jam sebelum kembali berlayar. Perbaikan dan perawatan rutin terhadap mesin dan perlengkapan kapal pun hanya dapat dilaksanakan sekadarnya saja, padahal mengingat usianya yang sudah cukup berumur, seyogyanya kapal ini perlu mendapat perawatan yang jauh lebih cermat.Baca Juga: Tanjung Perak Tepi Laut, Riwayat Pelabuhan Kedua Tersibuk di IndonesiaKejadian terbakarnya KM Tampomas II di Kepulauan Masalembo mengingatkan kejadian baru terjadi pada 19 Mei 2017, dimana KM Mutiara Sentosa I terbakar di perairan Masalembo. Tak hanya itu kejadian di Kepulauan Masalembo yakni di perairan Majene pada 1 Januari 2007 atau sekitar 10 tahun lalu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Trenzing.di (Foto KM Tampomas II) Sabtu, 20 Mei 2017 menjadi hari kelabu dalam dunia pelayaran di Tanah Air, kapal ferry RoRo KM Mutiara Sentosa I mengalami musibah terbakar di Perairan Masalembo, dalam kejadian tersebut lima penumpang dilaporkan tewas dan 192 penumpang lainnya berhasil menyelamatkan diri. Masih di perairan yang sama, 25 Januari 1981, pelayaran Indonesia digemparkan dengan tragedi KM Tampomas II yang berangkat dari Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok menuju Makassar.Baca juga:  Berusia 30 Tahun, KM Mutiara Sentosa I Makan Korban JiwaFlash back ke kejadian 36 tahun lalu, KM Tampomas II terbakar di sekitaran kepulauan Masalembo. Kejadian ini mengakibatkan 431 orang tewas termasuk nakhoda kapal Abdul Rivai dengan 288 penumpang hilang bersama kapal dan 753 orang berhasil diselamatkan.last_img read more

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Ginger Ale Bisa Gantikan Diet Coke untuk Minuman Dalam Penerbangan

first_imgginger ale (aol.com) Diet Coke menjadi salah satu minuman terburuk yang dipesan selama penerbangan dan menjadi minuman yang paling ‘dibenci’ oleh pramugari. Hal ini dikarenakan pramugari membutuhkan waktu lama untuk menuangkan Diet Coke, tekanan pada kabin dipercaya membuat Diet Coke lebih rentan berbusa lebih banyak.Baca juga: Diet Coke, Inilah Minuman Yang Dibenci PramugariSelain itu, semua jenis minuman bersoda adalah minuman terburuk sebab bisa memperlambat pelayanan minuman pada penumpang. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, ternyata ada minuman terbaik yang bisa dipesan dalam penerbangan. Minuman tersebut adalah ginger ale atau bir jahe. Minuman ini tidak hanya rasa jahenya tetapi juga membuat kondisi terbang jarak jauh lebih dapat ditoleransi. Meski minuman jahe terasa kurang manis di udara, rasa jahe yang lebih tajam menjadi satu dari sedikit hal yang benar-benar terasa lebih enak di ketinggian lebih dari sepuluh ribu kaki.Bahkan ginger ale juga bermanfaat untuk sejumlah alasan medis seperti ketika penumpang terserang penyakit dalam perjalanan seperti mengurangi rasa mual dan gangguan pencernaan. Jahe memiliki sifat anti inflamasi dan dapat mengurangi pembengkakan yang menjadi masalah penumpang dalam penerbangan jarak jauh yang disebabkan duduk terlalu lama.Selain alasan ilmiah atau medis yang mungkin ingin Anda capai untuk Schweppes atau Canada Dry di pesawat, minum bir jahe terasa enak pada tingkat emosional. Ginger ale sendiri pernah menjadi salah satu minuman ringan paling populer di Amerika Utara. Pertama kali minuman ini dikembangkan di Irlandia dan Inggris pada tahun 1840-an.Diketahui John J McLaughlin dari Enniskillen, Ontario perama kali menciptakan Canada Dry yang merupakan salah satu merek ginger ale paling terkenal hingga saat ini sejak tahun 1890. Penemuannya yang begitu tajam dan bergelembung sehingga memasarkannya sebagai Champagne of jahe ales karena rasa dan warnanya.Baca juga: Teh dan Kopi Panas Tak Baik Dipesan Dalam Penerbangan? Ini Alasannya!Sherry Ross, M.D., dari Providence Saint John’s Health Center mengatakan bahwa minuman berkarbonasi yang bukan jahe sebagian besar yang membuat perut tidak nyaman selama penerbangan. Tetapi jika maskapai membagikan merek ginger ale dengan kandungan jahe asli akan lebih baik karena tidak ada gelembung ketika menuangkan dalam gelas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

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England vs Croatia: World Cup ‘most definitely’ coming home, Prince Harry predicts

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry confidently predicted that England would lift the World Cup as Gareth Southgate’s men prepare for their semi-final against Croatia later on Wednesday.Asked if football is coming home during a visit to the Irish President’s residence in Dublin – a reference to England’s 1996 soccer anthem “Three Lions” – Harry replied “most definitely.”Harry and his American wife Meghan began a two-day visit to Dublin on Tuesday, their first trip abroad since their wedding in May.Harry, whose brother William is the President of England’s Football Association, is due to leave Ireland later on Wednesday and return home in time for the 1800 GMT kick off in Moscow.last_img

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IBF super bantamweight champ Oguni to face Iwasa in first title defense

first_img IBF super bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (left) and challenger Ryosuke Iwasa attend a news conference to promote their September title fight. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The two fought as amateurs when they were in high school, and Oguni suffered a crushing defeat to Iwasa.The 27-year-old Iwasa, getting his second world title fight, said he will “stake my life to beat Oguni-san.”Oguni snatched the title last December, defeating previously unbeaten Jonathan Guzman of the Dominican Republic. Iwasa was designated by the IBF as a mandatory challenger to the champion earlier that month.Oguni has a 19-1-1 record (seven knockouts).Iwasa is 23-2 (15 KOs). GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDScenter_img Yukinori Oguni, IBF super bantamweight, Ryosuke Iwasa IBF super bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni will make his first title defense against third-ranked Ryosuke Iwasa on Sept. 13, his Kadoebi Houseki Boxing Gym said Thursday.Oguni, 29, described Iwasa as an “opponent I least want to fight,” telling a news conference that he expects the match at Edion Arena Osaka to be “difficult” but wants to “win confidently.” RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

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Osborne arrested for vandalism

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – When a man attempting to break into coin machine was caught he allegedly said “he was just messing with the door.”Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy  Dakota Williams was dispatched on Friday, Aug. 3 to Big O’s Git-n-Go about a male subject wearing jeans, a brown shirt and a white bandana trying to break into the coin room at the car wash.Williams located a man matching the description walking down old Middlesboro Rd. When he made contact with him, he allegedly said he had just left Big O’s about 10 minutes ago. It was then a witness came up and identified the man as the alleged thief. The witness said the man was attempting to break into the car wash at Big O’s, where he saw him trying to pick the lock. The witness allegedly confronted the man, later identified as Johnny Osborne, prompting Osborne to apologize for the attempted theft.Osborne was transported back to Big O’s to see if the door was damaged. Williams noticed marks on the door knob that indicated it had been tampered with. Osborne allegedly said he was just messing with it, and he wasn’t trying to damage it.Osborne, 50, 502 South 7th Street, LaFollette was charged with vandalism. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/09/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Fulham hoping Cairney will return against Ipswich

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Fulham hope to have captain Tom Cairney fit in time to face Ipswich Town on Saturday.The Scotland midfielder has missed three of the Whites’ first five games this season in all competitions with a recurring knee problem.He has been ruled out of the EFL Cup game with Bristol Rovers but boss Slavisa Jokanovic hopes to have him back for the weekend.AdChoices广告“Actually right now he is not working with us, he is not in the squad, but we are going to push to get him ready for the Ipswich game,” Jokanovic told Fulham’s website.“The start of the Championship, and pre-season too, there have been many problems with him. He has some problems with his knee, he missed a lot of training, many games too.“After this game we are going to have two weeks [during the international break] and we are going to try and work with him and recover his power and find a better level that we know he can offer us.“Tom Cairney is our most important player. We created a kind of style around him.” See also:Jokanovic unhappy with officials over Piazon injuryFulham confirm loan signing of Liverpool’s OjoFulham complete Fonte signingJokanovic ‘looking for the solution’Fulham confirm loan signing of SoaresJokanovic wants Fulham to sign FlintAluko a doubt for Ipswich gamelast_img read more

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