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Woolies turns to recycled packaging

first_img19 November 2010Woolworths has become the first major South African retailer to use post-consumer recycled plastics in its food packaging, helping both to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and to cut its dependence on imported oil stocks needed to make virgin plastic.Since the beginning of September, Woolworths’ ready-to-eat sandwiches have been packed in containers made with 30% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), which is made from recycled plastic bottles.According to Woolworths, recycling one ton of PET bottles not only saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space, it also saves enough energy to keep a 15 watt energy-saver light glowing for 24 hours.No compromise on food safetyWoolworths first began using rPET fibre several years ago for the filling in its duvets and pillows, and also plans to roll out rPET packaging to juice bottles and other plastic packaging shortly.“Not only is packaging made with rPET more ecologically sound and technologically advanced, there is no compromise on food safety,” Woolworths foods MD Zyda Rylands said in a statement last week.“The recycled PET comes primarily from locally collected soft drink and water bottles and is scrupulously super-cleaned by the local supplier, who has invested some R20-million in a food grade recycling plant.”Rylands said the plant was the first recycler in the world to be certified by the British Retail Consortium, and that the resulting recycled plastic met or exceeded international standards for food safety.Reducing emissions, creating jobsRecycling PET has economic advantages as well – it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and cuts dependence on imported oil stocks used to make virgin plastic. “It also helps create jobs,” Rylands said. “It’s estimated that some 10 000 people earn income from collecting bottles.”Rylands said the retailer had now successfully eliminated over 600 tons of foods packaging, with more than 23% of its food products using recycled packaging materials, and most of the sleeves on its ready-made meals, dips and other food products being made from cardboard with a 80% recycled paper content.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Missing endangered woman located

first_imgUPDATE: Joelle Emerson was located early Saturday after she called home, police said.—————————–Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Vancouver woman who is believed to be experiencing a mental health crisis.A family member reported 35-year-old Joelle Emerson missing to the Vancouver Police Department on Thursday after Emerson left her residence during a mental health crisis, police said. She has not made contact with her family.Police said Emerson is considered to be at risk due to her ongoing mental health concerns.She is described as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, 125 pounds, with blue eyes and short red hair. At the time of her disappearance, Emerson had her hair in a short ponytail. She was last seen wearing black pants and a green hooded jacket.Anyone who sees Emerson or knows of her whereabouts should contact 311, if in Clark County, or Vancouver police Detective David Jensen at 360-772-2205.last_img read more

Zika handbooks created by CARPHA now in circulation

first_img No Zika reports for TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jabn 2016 – The Caribbean is getting more Zika ready with the help of CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency). When Magnetic Media questioned the CHTA and CTO panel on the public safety issues and public health concerns of a modern world, including the new to the region, Zika virus, the six deaths in Tobago from swine flu and how crime is affecting tourism, there was confirmation that plans are activated. One of those plans included that CARPHA has issued a guide book for hotels on how to deal with Zika. Frank Comito, CEO of the CHTA exposed that there have been some cancellations of vacations as a result of the health notices in North America but there has been no hysteria. On the matter of crime, CHTA members have been proactive with visitor safety initiatives including better lighting, better landscaping, addition of CCTV, liaising with local officials and in the case of The Bahamas, there is now a Tourism Police unit. Related Items:carpha, frank comito, ZIka Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to regionlast_img read more

Jamaica Local Government Minister urges collection of fees

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 17, 2017 – Kingston – Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is urging municipal corporations to maximize the revenue-generating potential from the requisite payment of fees by businesses and residents for services the councils administer, in keeping with the beneficiaries’ statutory obligations.Among the categories of revenues, which he said are at the corporations’ disposal, are property taxes, trade licences and building permit fees.Mr. McKenzie said maximising the out-turns of these was imperative in order to supplement the Government’s budgetary provisions allocated to each corporation through the Ministry.“I know that councillors continue to lament the fact that they are not getting as much as they want. But you have to help yourselves in this regard, (as) the Ministry will not always be able to provide you with all of the resources that you need,” he stated.The Minister was addressing the St. Mary Municipal Corporation’s monthly meeting in Port Maria on October 12.   While noting that municipal corporations are not faring badly in revenue inflows, Mr. McKenzie said they are “not doing as well as they ought”, based on the level of arrears for statutory obligations.He argued that if councils can collect as much as 40 per cent of outstanding sums, “then the Ministry wouldn’t have to be struggling to find money to support the work of the local authorities”.“These are revenues that the councils need to step up their approach on in collecting, and I am urging councilors to go on an extensive drive to collect those outstanding revenues,” Mr. McKenzie emphasized.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wont be raising their baby as a

first_imgMeghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry may be making quite the drastic decision when it comes to their baby. And we have to say that the Royal Palace may not be too pleased.Apparently, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t want their baby to be identified by as a royal, it has been revealed.Harry apparently has hinted that he does not want their child to be valued on its royal background. Prince Harry recently spoke to 12,000 students at London’s Wembley Arena and said: “You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify.” The Prince has struggled with his royal status since the death of his mother when he was just 12.Since then, he has prided himself on being “one of the guys”.While on tour in Afgahniation in 2013, he proudly told journalists: “I am one of the guys, I don’t get treated any differently.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIngrid Seward editor of Majesty Magazine said: “I don’t think there’s been a member of the royal family that hasn’t said they want their children to have a normal upbringing.”Even the queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible. But with the media attention, it’s actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing.”Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to carve their own path it seems but the Queen and the Royal Palace seem to be having none of it. It seems that the Queen is afraid that the Duchess of Sussex will overshadow the Royal Family. The Queen had to reportedly step in to settle the apparent feud between Kate Middleton and Megha Markle.last_img read more

Stayzilla cofounder Yogendra Vasupal gets bail after 28 days

first_imgStayzilla team hosted on its website.Stayzilla websiteStazyilla co-founder and CEO Yogenda Vasupal is out on bail, after having spent 28 days in jail in connection with an alleged case of cheating an advertisement agency.  The bail was granted by the Madras High Court.”The accused is granted bail on a condition to deposit Rs 40 lakh to the account of the crime number in the Magistrate court,” Justice S. Baskaran said in his order, according to the Hindu.Vasupal was jailed on March 14 in connection with a complaint filed by Jigsaw Advertising for alleged default of payments worth Rs1.70 crore.Started in 2005 as Inasra.com and rebranded as Stayzilla in 2010, the online platform for hosting and booking homestays was in the news for temporarily shutting down operations.Vasupal’s arrest came to light, when on the evening of March 14, another founder and CFO of the start-up Sachit Singhi, wrote a frantic email to investors, including Avnish Bajaj and Rajinder Balaraman of Matrix Partners, and Anup Gupta and K G Subramanian of Nexus Venture Partners that Vasupal was missing. His arrest caused unease among the start-up community in India, prompting about 73 founders to write to union home minister Rajnath Singh on March 20, seeking his intervention in the matter.Karnataka minister for IT Priyank Kharge also spoke to concerned officials in Tamil Nadu about the issue.Stayzilla has raised $33.5 million from Nexus, Matrix, Indian Angel Network, Vertexperts Consulting, Splice Capital and InnoVen Capital.last_img read more

US hits dictator Maduro with sanctions

first_imgVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) talking along the head of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena during a meeting in Caracas. Photo: AFPThe United States hit Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with direct sanctions on Monday over a disputed and deadly weekend vote that, while consolidating his power, has largely isolated him as the “dictator” of a failing petro-state.The US measures were unusual in that they targeted a sitting head of state, but their reach was mostly symbolic, freezing any US assets Maduro might have and banning people under US jurisdiction from dealing with him.“Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters.Maduro lashed out at the move, saying it smacked of American “imperialism.”“I will not obey imperial orders. I do not obey foreign governments. I’m a free president,” he said.Colombia, Mexico, Peru and other nations joined the US in saying they did not recognize the results of Sunday’s election, which appointed a new “Constituent Assembly” superseding Venezuela’s legislative body, the opposition-controlled National Assembly.Maduro’s own attorney general, Luisa Ortega—who broke with him months ago over his policies—also said she would not acknowledge the body, calling it part of the president’s “dictatorial ambition.”The European Union expressed “preoccupation for the fate of democracy in Venezuela” and said it, too, doubted it could accept the results.And Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warned that Venezuela “stands on the brink of disaster.”“Nicolas Maduro’s government must stop before it is too late,” he said.However, old allies Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia stood by Maduro, who shrugged off mass protests and a previous round of US sanctions on some of his officials to see through the election.Cuba, Venezuela’s closest ally, charged that “a well-organized international operation was under way, led from Washington, with the support of the OAS chief, aimed at silencing the voice of the Venezuelan people, and forcing them into submission with attacks and economic sanctions.”More protestsThe National Electoral Council claimed more than 40 percent of Venezuela’s 20 million voters had cast ballots Sunday.According to the opposition, voter turnout was closer to 12 percent, a figure more aligned with the lack of lines at many polling stations.Surveys by polling firm Datanalisis showed more than 70 percent of Venezuelans opposed the new assembly.Further protests were called for Monday and beyond, stoking fears that the death toll of 120 people killed in four months of protests against Maduro could rise further.“I feel awful, frustrated with this fraud,” said Caracas resident Giancarlo Fernandez, 35.Demonstrators defied a ban on protests set by Maduro that threatened up to 10 years in prison for violators.Ten people died in violence surrounding Sunday’s election, which saw security forces fire tear gas and, in some cases, live ammunition to put down protests. Among those killed were two teens and a Venezuelan soldier.Boycotted by the opposition, and voted for largely by state employees fearful for their jobs, the Constituent Assembly was made up solely of members of Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party.Tasked with writing a new constitution, it has far-reaching powers—including the right to dissolve the National Assembly and change laws.It is due to be installed on Wednesday.More sanctions?The European Union condemned the “excessive and disproportionate use of force” by Venezuelan police and troops on Sunday.A spokeswoman for the European Commission said: “A Constituent Assembly, elected under doubtful and often violent circumstances, cannot be part of the solution.”Russia, however, threw its weight behind Maduro and the election, backing the government turnout figure.The foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement it hopes countries “who apparently want to increase economic pressure on Caracas will display restraint and abandon their destructive plans.”Yet analysts agreed that Maduro’s move had swept away any vestige of democracy in Venezuela.“Maduro’s blatant power grab removes any ambiguity about whether Venezuela is a democracy,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue research center.Eduardo Rios Ludena, a Venezuela specialist at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, said Maduro had “sacrificed democracy.”“In the short term, the Constituent Assembly gives a bit of breathing space to the government,” he conceded, though adding that grave economic consequences would follow.Venezuela’s 30 million citizens are suffering through shortages of basic goods.Sanctions against the all-important oil sector would worsen their situation, but could also destabilize the government, which is frenziedly printing money and running out of foreign currency reserves.last_img read more

First Annual Blessing of the Bicycles

first_imgThe Blessing of the Bicycles is scheduled to occur on May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Ascension & St. Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Ave NW. The church is holding the blessing to show its support for cycling in D.C. For more information, call the church at 202-347-8161.last_img

New genetic data shows humans and great apes diverged earlier than thought

first_img Explore further Male silverback Gorilla in SF zoo. Image: Wikipedia. (Phys.org) — In trying to figure out when humans and apes diverged, researchers have had to rely on fossil evidence and the rates of mutations that occur when both groups propagated their species. The problem is, up till now, most of that data can from the analysis of human genetic evidence which was then applied to both humans and apes, which could of course have led to errors as it’s based on guessing that mutation rates in apes are the same as humans. Now, to get around that problem, a team of researchers has gathered genetic data from both chimpanzees and gorillas and has found, as they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that it appears that the two diverged some time earlier than has been thought. More information: Generation times in wild chimpanzees and gorillas suggest earlier divergence times in great ape and human evolution, PNAS, Published online before print August 13, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1211740109AbstractFossils and molecular data are two independent sources of information that should in principle provide consistent inferences of when evolutionary lineages diverged. Here we use an alternative approach to genetic inference of species split times in recent human and ape evolution that is independent of the fossil record. We first use genetic parentage information on a large number of wild chimpanzees and mountain gorillas to directly infer their average generation times. We then compare these generation time estimates with those of humans and apply recent estimates of the human mutation rate per generation to derive estimates of split times of great apes and humans that are independent of fossil calibration. We date the human–chimpanzee split to at least 7–8 million years and the population split between Neanderthals and modern humans to 400,000–800,000 y ago. This suggests that molecular divergence dates may not be in conflict with the attribution of 6- to 7-million-y-old fossils to the human lineage and 400,000-y-old fossils to the Neanderthal lineage. To calculate when a species diverged, researchers look at the average age of members of the species when they give birth and mutation rates. The older the average age, the more time it takes for mutations to cause changes. Insects that produce offspring in a matter of months, for example, can adapt much more quickly to environmental changes than large animals that produce offspring many years after they themselves are born. To find such data for both chimps and gorillas, the research team worked with many groups in Africa that included studies of the animals that totaled 105 gorillas and 226 chimps. They also looked at fossilized excrement that contained DNA data. In so doing they found that the average age of giving birth for female chimps was 25 years old. They then divided the number of mutations found by the average age of birth to get the mutation rate. In so doing, they found it to be slower than humans, which meant that estimates based on it to calculate divergence times were likely off by as much as a million years.The end result of the team’s research indicates that humans and chimps likely diverged some seven to eight million years ago, while the divergence of gorillas (which led to both humans and chimps) came approximately eight to nineteen million years ago. To put the numbers in perspective, humans and Neanderthals split just a half to three quarters of a million years ago.The team suggests their research model could also be used to find the divergence points of other species as well, so long as a genetic record can be obtained. © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New genetic data shows humans and great apes diverged earlier than thought (2012, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-genetic-humans-great-apes-diverged.html Climate change and evolution of Cross River gorillaslast_img read more