24 July 2015The Department of Water Affairs has created a new online water services system, the National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS), a data portal for water management institutions.It will allow commercial water users, researchers and the general public to get updated information on the status of water and sanitation in South Africa.The system is user- and interface-friendly, providing information 24 hours a day on any desktop and mobile device. With this new system, the public are can query basic data from a national level, as well as from local and municipal water management information systems.Using the system will benefit the water sector community and the public, the department says, as it will enable faster and more knowledgeable decision-making for more effective water management.The department comprises many specialist subdivisions operating in separate functions that have been unco-ordinated for some time. The NIWIS now integrates all these business units under one system, allowing easy and convenient access this co-ordinated information.It is part of the government’s commitment to using information and communications technology to improve public service delivery.Information available on the NIWIS system includes:Water and waste water monitoring: including general drinking and waste water quality checks and waste water treatment authorisation.Water revenue information: particulars on actual water use versus registered volumes, water revenue per sector and non-revenue water.Water regulation: information about enforcement case management, legal compliance, classification of offences by activity type, classification of offences per sector and status of the legal process.Water services information: including municipal strategic self-assessment, access to municipal water scheme infrastructure and water board tariff information.Water-use authorisation: raw water tariffs, municipal tariffs, water use licence application monitoring, existing lawful water use and information about water licences.Water sector decision makers: information about department representatives and external stakeholders.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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The Uttar Pradesh government has proposed to increase security on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, the longest six-lane highway in the country.As part of the plan, the government has decided to set up 24 police chowkis or outposts along the 302-km stretch. The focus on highway security comes in the backdrop of an alleged gangrape-murder on the Jewar-Bulandshar highway near the Yamuna Expressway recently.Nine districts coveredThe Lucknow-Agra highway cuts through the heart of Uttar Pradesh, touching nine districts. One outpost each will come up in Lucknow and Auraiya, two in Mainpuri, three each in Unnao, Kanpur, Etawah and Firozabad, while Kannauj and Agra will be provided with four each.The Project Implementation Units (PIUs) of the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority will work in coordination with district teams of the police force to identify land for the outposts, a government spokesperson said.The decision was taken after a meeting of police officers and UPEIDA officials chaired by Director-General of Police Sulkhan Singh.Avanish Awasthi, CEO of UPEIDA, the authority set up to develop highways in the State, said the body had also “accepted” the police department’s “request” for deploying 20 patrolling vehicles on the Expressway.Work not over yetThe Expressway was inaugurated last year by then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav but parts of it are still under the works. The highway will not only reduce the distance from Lucknow to Agra to three-and-a-half hours, but also bring the U.P. capital closer to New Delhi, cutting the time travelled between the two major cities from 8-9 hours to 5-6 hours. It will join the Yamuna Expressway at Agra to connect Lucknow to Delhi.
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French police used tear gas against England supporters in Marseille before the meeting with Tunisia. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP John Barnes: ‘I would never advise a young black player to walk off’ Share on Twitter England Facebook Sign up for the World Cup Fiver. Share via Email World Cup Gareth Southgate tells squad his starting team to ease England anxiety Tunisia football team Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Pinterest If I have one piece of advice for the boys, it’s to play without fear. We had so much confidence back then. We were on a high after Euro 96. Glenn was very good tactically. We always seemed to have the ball. We had players who could cause trouble for the opposition. It makes a huge difference when your creative players are able to shine. If the likes of Dele Alli do well, England can have a good tournament. I want to see them play with freedom and enjoy themselves. That’s what it’s all about. Sportblog Gareth Southgate Share on Pinterest Our experience helped. We had players like David Seaman, Tony Adams, Paul Ince and David Batty, although we also had a few youngsters coming through – Michael Owen, Becks, Scholesy and Sol Campbell. Rio Ferdinand was in the squad as well. We had a good blend. People always talk about Euro 96 but I thought we had a special squad in 1998.This team is much more inexperienced and this is the first World Cup game for a lot of these players, which makes a difference. People question whether the players care as much about international football these days but playing in the World Cup is the dream. You’re very aware that you’re lucky to be there and also that you might not get another crack at it. A lot of nerves come with that. You want to perform well for yourself and make sure the team starts well. features There was a lot of trouble before we played Tunisia in Marseille. The two or three days leading up to the game were unpleasant. A lot of the squad had family over there, so it wasn’t easy.We were aware of what was going on. We had families flying over in the morning or on the night before and you just never know, do you? My mum and step-dad were out there. They were having a holiday in France and were travelling down for the game. I spoke to them and it was fine but it’s something you think about. You just had to assume that people you cared about were going to stay well clear of the trouble. We were buzzing for the game, though, and could not wait for the tournament to start. It was a really hot afternoon and we were expected to win, like the guys are now. But none of us were taking anything for granted after the way we started Euro 96 against Switzerland. Tunisia were defensive and I’m sure it will be the same on Monday. You have to be patient. First games can be tedious and are so important not to lose, which makes them even more nervy.The heat was an advantage for Tunisia. The pitch was dry and sticky and we were playing against a team who wanted to frustrate us and try to nick a draw or a goal on the break. It was far from ideal. We would rather have played at night with a bit of dew on the pitch because then the ball zips around. But we believed we could control the pace of the game and have most of the possession.The key was to get the first goal and force them to come out a bit more. It worked out perfectly in the end. Alan Shearer made it 1-0 in the first half and we never looked back. Paul Scholes scored a great second goal to finish it off and it was a comfortable win in the end. Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Topics World Cup 2018 Read more Gareth Southgate has a lot of quality at his disposal, though, and I think he’s doing a good job. I played with him for England and could see him being a coach one day. It was a surprise when he became England manager but he was an appointment from within: English, a good guy and a very clever man. He played the game in an intelligent way, read the game brilliantly and was pretty underrated.He’s found a system that suits international football. Glenn Hoddle used a back three in 1998 and it helped us dominate possession. We had more players in midfield and didn’t get overrun. I played at right wing-back and although it was tough not to have the security of a right-back behind me, we were told to play in a positive way. We wanted people on the ball in good areas and I think Gareth has a similar mentality. Reuse this content
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz: Coppa Italia important for fansby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz was delighted with victory over Coppa Italia opponents Sassuolo.He scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory, setting up a quarter-final date with Milan.“We know this is an important competition for Napoli, that this was a difficult game, but we did well,” the Spaniard told Rai Sport.“Now we have to focus on Sunday and the return of Serie A. Lazio are close to us and very ambitious, but we are on home turf and want to make the most of it.“The Coach has faith in me, so do my teammates and I have to keep working hard to earn my place.”
Saturday is #AveryStrong day for the Nebraska men’s basketball program. Avery Harriman, the 7-year-old son of Huskers’ assistant coach Chris Harriman, has battled leukemia since he was 2. He’s been an inspiration to Tim Miles’ team this season and the Huskers’ players are constantly interacting with their No. 1 fan. Saturday’s event will be part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week. Chris Harriman says #Huskers players are constantly asking about Avery. “Its fun to see them be happy when hes doing well” #AveryStrong— Jake Bockoven (@jakebockoven) January 23, 2015Nebraska (11-7, 3-3 Big Ten) is set to host Michigan State (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) in Lincoln Saturday. During the game, the Huskers’ students will be wearing #AveryStrong T-shirts. First 1,500 students. #GBR “@HuskerSports: Getting the shirts in place for #AveryStrong tomorrow. #Huskers” pic.twitter.com/SpUsRoHGml— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) January 23, 2015Nebraska and Michigan State are set to tip off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
zoom The increasing number of large marine losses can potentially put severe financial strain and overwhelm insurance companies, Dieter Berg, President of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), said during the closing of this year’s IUMI 2016 marine insurance conference in Genova, Italy.Berg cited the recent losses connected with the Chilean earthquake in 2010, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 (USD 3.8 billion loss), Thai floods in 2011 (USD 2.5 billion loss), Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (USD 3 billion loss) and the Tianjin explosion in 2015 (USD 3-4 billion loss expected).These marine losses were often coupled with associated major property losses, Berg said.“Our industry is concerned that natural catastrophes, due to climate change, are occurring more often and with greater severity,” Berg said.”Coupled with this, globalisation and the unrelenting growth of global trade is driving an increase in the value of goods being transported by sea and an increase in the quantity of goods being stored on ultra-large container ships, or in port terminals. These have the potential to create extremely large losses. Recent marine losses have been very expensive for insurers and often an accumulation of multiple business lines occur which can include cargo losses, container losses, warehouse damage, destruction of automobiles, damage to pleasure craft and even fine art losses. At Tianjin, for example, around 68,000 cars were affected, i.e. a total loss or damaged, by a single explosion.”Berg explained that when large marine losses were combined with property and other losses, there was a real concern that this might overwhelm insurance companies.He called on the industry to understand, clearly, their aggregate positions and to manage their exposures by carefully modelling their risk positions.