South Africa’s integrated water system launches

first_img24 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.zalast_img read more

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China’s Best Known Artist Arrested

first_imgThanks to Carl Levinson | Ai poster photo by Sanfamedia | Birds Nest photo by Edwin Lee April 3, 2011. Ai Weiwei was detained by two customs officers while crossing customs in Beijing Capital Airport. Just separated Ai Weiwei and his assistant. By the two customs officers taken to a separate location. Ai Weiwei’s phone has been shut off, and he’s already been out of contact for 50 minutes. The situation is unclear. Please everyone pay attention. (Note: This is an assistant tweeting.)Continued news on his detainment can be found there and on Ai’s Twitter account.According to the Washington Post, the police “also blocked off the streets to his studio and raided it, carting away laptops and the hard drive from the main computer…eight staff members and Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, were taken to the local police station for questioning.”Although Ai had increased China’s reputation in the world of art, he had yet to receive permission to stage a solo show in his home country. His February show was canceled due to political pressure and the Shanghai studio he built was demolished by order of the Chinese government. Ai’s arrest is not an isolated incident, nor, probably, just the workaday oppression of artists in China; it is instead part of a renewed crackdown, against an anticipated infection of freedom from the Mideast’s Jasmine Revolutions. Keith Richburg of the Washington Post theorizes that this is an attempt to further lower the level of expression in the country. Ai Weiwei was arrested yesterday at the Beijing Airport on his way to Hong Kong, the New Yorker reported. Ai, China’s best known artist, a global star and designer of the Beijing Olympics stadium, the Bird’s Nest, had plans to possibly leave China to live in Germany, where he had set up a studio, according to Deutsche Welle. We cover threats to free speech here, especially when those threats intersects the Web. Sometimes we know the people involved, as is the case with Ai. Our founder, Richard MacManus, took part in an historic conversation a year ago in New York with Ai. According to Richard, the quality that defined Ai the most for him was his curiosity and humility. It was an honour to meet Ai Weiwei in person last year in NYC. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he came across as a very warm-hearted and curious person. He wanted to know all about what I do, even though he’s achieved much more than I have. Then during the discussion on stage, it became clear that he’s both very brave and always keen to challenge the status quo. He probes for the truth in whatever he says or does. One of his assistants posted this on Ai’s Tumblr account. Related Posts curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#art#Breaking#international#news#politics#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro world’s first Tango phone won’t get Android Nougat

first_imgWorld’s first Tango phone– Lenovo Phab 2Pro– will not get Android Nougat, confirms Lenovo’s support page. The phone was launched last year in US and came to India this year.The company’s support page giving out the plans of Nougat updates, can be a sad story for all the Phab aficionados. This is so because not only the Phab 2 Pro but the Phab, Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus are also not getting the Nougat update. In short, the whole Phab series won’t get Nougat update.Further, the list of Lenovo phones that already run on the Android Nougat include Vibe K6 Note,  K6, K6 Power, Vibe P2, Lenovo Zuk Z2 and the Z2 Plus. In the Yoga series, only the Yoga book (YB1-X90F/L) will receive the Nougat update October 2017. The update is over-the-air so will go be available gradually to all.Also Read: Google Tango enabled Lenovo PHAB2 Pro launched in IndiaIt is quite surprising that the Lenovo will not be rolling out the Nougat update for Phab 2 Pro, considering it is one of the very important Lenovo phones as it is the world’s first smartphone to come with Google’s Tango technology that enables Augmented reality experiences on mobile devices. This means that your Tango phone can detect its position relative to the  world any GPS or other external signals. Asus ZenFone AR, which was unveiled at CES, also feature the Tango technology along with Google’s Daydream View support.The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro debuted in India during January this year. The phone is priced at Rs 29,999 and sells exclusively on Flipkart.  The Phab 2 Pro is a 4G-enabled smartphone and that runs on Android Marshmallow and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. The device comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory which is expandable up to 128GB. The Phab 2 Pro features a 6.4 inch Quad HD IPS display and is backed by a 4050mAh battery. The device supports quick charging.On the camera front, the Phab 2 Pro sports a 16MP rear camera with PDAF, a Time of Flight Sensor used for detecting the depth of field and an IR sensor that senses the motion. There is also an 8 MP camera on the front. advertisementlast_img read more

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