South Africa drought declared national disaster: T-minus 3 months to Cape Town’s Day Zero

South Africa drought declared national disaster: T-minus 3 months to Cape Town’s Day Zero

Feb 14, 2018

According to South African news website eNCA , on Tuesday February 13, South Africa  declared a “national disaster” over the drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatens to leave the City of Cape Town absolutely without running tap water. In a notice published in the government gazette, the Department of Co-operative Governance said it had elevated the drought to a “national disaster” after it reassessed its “magnitude and severity”. Last week, Co-operative Governance minister Des van Rooyen said this classification means management of the droughts in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape will move to national government. Van Rooyen said more than R70-million has been allocated to deal with the drought. If the city runs out of water in June, as expected, it will be the first major city in a developed country in the world to do so. At the same time, Day Zero, when Cape Town is expected to run out of water, has been pushed back from May 11 to June 1, the city said in a statement on Tuesday Feb. 13. This is “due to the continued decline in agricultural usage, and also as a result of Capetonians reducing their water usage in co-operation with the City of Cape Town’s efforts to bring down consumption,” it said. Earlier this month, the Groenland Water Users’ Association made 10 billion litres of water available by pumping it into the Steenbras Dam. However, residents have still not reached the daily target of 450 litres per day, which equates to 50 litres per person. Currently, usage stands at 526 million litres per day with dam levels at 24,6 percent. “If we continue to work as a team to lower our consumption to 450 million litres per day as required, we will become known as one of the most resilient cities in the world. We are fast becoming a leading example of a large city that is fundamentally changing its relationship with water,” the city said. “The city will continue to implement pressure management to reduce usage, to install water management devices at the properties of high users and to conduct blitzes to ensure that all water users adhere to the water restrictions. All preparations for the possibility of reaching Day Zero...

Meet Mexico’s not-so-Mexican delegation to the Winter Olympics

Meet Mexico’s not-so-Mexican delegation to the Winter Olympics

Feb 10, 2018

Three of the four competitors have another nationality and another has not lived in Mexico for 10 years. In any case, they form the largest delegation from Mexico to the Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City 2002, when there were also four athletes. THE AMERICAN SARAH SCHLEPER The 38-year-old skier will participate in alpine skiing and is an American by birth, so she competed for that country in Nagano 98, Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010 without winning medals. Pyeongchang 2018 will be her fifth winter games, although the first for Mexico. In 2011 she retired, but in 2014 she returned to the activity after marrying her Mexican-born husband, Federico Gaxiola, and obtaining nationality in April of that year. RODOLFO DICKSON, THE MEXICAN WHO DOES NOT SPEAK SPANISH The Mexican-Canadian Rodolfo Roberto Dickson Sommers, who will also compete in alpine skiing, was born in Puerto Vallarta on July 11, 1997. At nine months old he was abandoned by his biological parents and at three years was adopted by a Canadian couple, who took him to Ontario. From the age of six, Roberto started skiing and now with 20 years of experience he has competed as a Mexican in various tournaments around the world, as well as training in countries such as Canada, the United States, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. FROM CALIFORNIA, ROBERT FRANCO The Mexican-American Robert Franco, who will compete in freestyle skiing, was born in 1993 in Sacramento, California. He obtained the nationality from his father, who is Mexican, while his mother is American. Franco has lived all his life in the United States. He is the youngest of four brothers and his mother’s language is English, so he does not speak Spanish perfectly. According to the world ranking, Franco is number 25 in freestyle skiing. MADRAZO, THE RESIDENT OF MCALLEN Germán Madrazo, a 43-year-old skier from Querétaro who will participate in cross-country skiing, has no other nationality but has lived in McAllen, Texas for more than 10 years, with his wife and triplets. During his career, he has paid for all his expenses for both trips to competitions and training, as well as being a runner and...

Olympics 2018: Opening ceremony ‘Peace in Motion’ kicks off Pyeongchang Winter Games

Olympics 2018: Opening ceremony ‘Peace in Motion’ kicks off Pyeongchang Winter Games

Feb 9, 2018

The 23rd Olympic Winter Games officially kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, today with a dazzling spectacle featuring a parade of participating nations and a whimsical storyline. Although competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics began Thursday, the much-anticipated opening ceremony started today at 8 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET), at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in the normally-sleepy mountain town of Hoenggye, located in the Gangwon province of Pyeongchang County. To fend off bitter cold and high winds in the area, spectators at the 35,000-seat temporary venue were provided with gear such as a raincoat, blanket and knitted hats as well as hand, feet and seat warmers. South Korea’s state weather agency reported temperatures during the opening ceremony that reached 27 degrees Fahrenheit, with a wind chill below 16 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the cold, the audience appeared awed by the spectacle of 20,000 fireworks set off throughout the show, with some soaring nearly a mile high. Hopeful tale of world peace The opening ceremony, titled “Peace in Motion,” emphasized its theme of peace by following the fairy-tale adventures of five imaginary children from Gangwon province with a cast of hundreds of other performers. The magical journey was performed in parts throughout the ceremony. “The opening ceremony will weave together the narratives of five lovable protagonists from Gangwon province through cultural performances,” Yang Jung-woong, executive producer of the opening ceremony, said at a Jan. 23 news conference in Pyeongchang. “The stage will unfold like a winter fairy tale depicting the children’s adventure.” The storyline’s five children — Haenaroe, Ara, Puri, Bichae and Nuri — travel through time to the past and future, learning about South Korea’s history and culture. In the mythic world that the children explore, they first see a land of peace where nature and people live in harmony. When the children enter the future world, where everyone and everything are connected, they realize the importance of working together for peace. The children return to the present world as their journey comes to an end. They hold lit candles, passing the candlelight to a family who then shares it with other performers onstage. Click here for full article on ABC NEWS Source: ABC...

Landmark Exhibition Featuring Luxury Arts Of Ancient Americas To Open At The Met, 2/28

Landmark Exhibition Featuring Luxury Arts Of Ancient Americas To Open At The Met, 2/28

Feb 9, 2018

A major international loan exhibition featuring luxury arts created in the ancient Americas will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning February 28 and ending May 25. Showcasing more than 300 objects drawn from more than 50 museums in 12 countries, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas will trace the development of goldworking and other luxury arts from Peru in the south to Mexico in the north from around 1000 B.C. to the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century. Emphasizing specific places and moments of extraordinary artistic achievement, as well as the exchange of materials and aesthetic ideas across time and place, the exhibition will present a new understanding of ancient American art and culture-one based on indigenous ideas of value-and cast new light on the brilliance of ancient American artists and their legacy. The exhibition will feature spectacular works of art from recent archaeological excavations-crowns, pectorals, pendants, necklaces, ear and nose ornaments, rings, labrets, masks, mantles, goblets, vases, stelas, bells, mirrors, painted books, and more-that have rarely, if ever, left their country of origin.   Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stated: “It is a great privilege for The Met to present this stunning assemblage of highly prized works of art from more than 50 organizations. This exhibition is the result of an intensive five-year research effort that brought together scholars from across Latin America and the United States, and we’re thrilled to share their findings and these beautiful objects with our visitors.” Click here to read full article: Broadwayworld Source: Broadwayworld Video:...

Falcon Heavy: Elon Musk’s giant SpaceX rocket makes triumphant launch

Falcon Heavy: Elon Musk’s giant SpaceX rocket makes triumphant launch

Feb 7, 2018

According to British major newspaper The Guardian, the world’s most powerful new space rocket blasted into the heavens above Florida’s east coast on Tuesday February 6, on a trailblazing deep-space mission that Elon Musk, founder of the private aerospace company SpaceX, believes could spell “game over” for his commercial spaceflight rivals.   The Falcon Heavy, which will provide the United States a heavy-lift capability in space not seen since the Saturn V rockets of the Apollo era, made a flawless ascent through clear blue skies, with at least two of its three reusable boosters returning safely to earth. Pictures of the car heading into space with the Earth below gave the triumphant launch a surreal quality. From there, it will journey on through a six-month, 400m-kilometre trip to a solar orbit, for more than a billion years.   Click here to read full article on The Guardian: The Guardian Source: The...

Safer Internet Day 2018: How to stay safe online

Safer Internet Day 2018: How to stay safe online

Feb 6, 2018

Today Tuesday, February 6 is Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018, provding a great opportunity to help promote a more positive use of the web, especially for children. We spoke to security industry veteran Tony Anscombe – a parent himself – to find out more about SID and what parents can do to keep their children safe online. While installing up-to-date internet security software on your computer or phone is the first step to protecting your children from inappropriate content, there’s plenty more you can do. Some steps are specific to children, but most represent best practice for adults, too. Stay Safe Online: Top tips for parents 1) Don’t be embarrassed to talk about it with your children “Parents feel more awkward talking about what you might see online than they do about the birds and the bees. Inappropriate content online is a super-hard topic for parents to talk about with their children, and many will feel uncomfortable having that conversation. “Once you give your child a smart device that isn’t managed, you have to start making them aware that there are things that might not be appropriate. The best thing to do is to have open dialogue. Create an environment where your child doesn’t feel embarrassed or awkward asking questions. I believe that to do that, you need to be honest. “However awkward or embarrassing, just tell the child exactly what it is – because, otherwise, you’re going to make them reserved and they’ll hide away from it slightly.” 2) Teach good passcode management Ensure your children learn the right things. Teach them that different passcodes should be used for different accounts, and that phrases are more secure than words alone. Anscombe formulates his passcodes on personal experiences. The last football game he saw was at Wembley back in August, where Arsenal beat Man City 2-0 – out of that came ‘A2mc0!’. “That’s nearly unguessable,” said Anscombe. What’s more, you can always add an underscore and ‘FB’ or ‘TW’ to the end, to indicate different accounts. “It’s the same password but slightly different on every site, and while it’s not using any real words, it’s still ticking all of the right boxes [in terms...