Bottled water a drain on environment

first_imgBut bottled water is just one of thousands of bottled and canned food and beverage products that are produced and transported to supermarkets and convenience stores. Many of those other products have a greater climate impact than bottled water because they require more processing or farming. With water, “you’re choosing a bottle with the least environmental footprint,” said Jane Lazgin, a spokeswoman at Nestle Waters North America, the nation’s largest bottled water supplier. Some bottled water companies have taken steps to turn their products green. Fiji Water, which ships water from the South Pacific Island of Fiji, promised last month to offset the carbon dioxide its products generate by becoming carbon “negative.” The company says starting in January it will buy carbon offsets for 120 percent of the emissions it creates. Carbon offsets allow people to mitigate their environmental impact by paying to plant trees or support renewable energy. “This was the right time for this message,” said Thomas Mooney, Fiji Water’s senior vice president of sustainable growth. Fiji isn’t going to stop there. The company vows by 2010 to reduce its product packaging by 20 percent, which includes reducing the amount of plastic in each bottle. It also intends to get 50 percent of its energy for production from renewable sources. Nestle also has made efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The company introduced a thinner half-liter bottle this year that uses 15 percent less plastic. It claims it will save 65 million pounds of plastic in 2008. The company’s practice of making 98 percent of its bottles at its water plants also saves 6.6 million gallons of fuel a year, added Kevin Mathews, Nestle’s director of health and environmental affairs. The most obvious alternative to bottled water is tap water, though some experts recommend filtering. Most municipal water in the United States is carefully regulated and safe to drink. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Drinking a bottle of water might seem innocent enough, but each bottle has a downside many people overlook – a contribution to global warming. That’s because bottles create carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas, when they are made, trucked to a store and disposed of in a landfill or recycled. Their impact can quickly add up. “Bottled water is an energy-intensive luxury for Americans,” said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, an environmental think tank in Oakland “It’s certainly much less necessary than the other things we use energy for.” Last year, Americans consumed 8.3 billion gallons of bottled water, or the equivalent of 27.6 gallons a person, according to the Beverage Marketing Corp., a New York-based market research firm. Just making the bottles to hold all the water produced more than 2.5 million tons of CO2, the Pacific Institute calculates. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAccording to an analysis by the San Jose Mercury News, the energy required to manufacture a single plastic liter bottle, fill it with water from a spring in the Sierra Nevada, truck it to San Jose and then bury it in a landfill creates 0.23 pounds of CO2. That’s about as much as an average car emits driving a quarter-mile. A liter bottle shipped from France and taken by rail across the United States creates more than twice as much CO2. For the $11 billion bottled water industry, global warming has brought unwanted attention. Some cities are moving to restrict bottled water, and the industry is countering with efforts to become more environmentally friendly. San Francisco made a widely publicized decision earlier this year to ban bottled water in city offices, and communities such as Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Ann Arbor, Mich., have taken steps to cut its use. “Bottled water is a kind of cause du jour,” said Stephen Kay, spokesman for the International Bottled Water Association, an Alexandria, Va., trade association. “It is the poster child.” last_img read more

South African provincial governments

first_imgEach of South Africa’s nine provinces has its own legislature, with 30 to 80 members elected according to proportional representation. The legislature in turn elects one of its members as premier, head of the provincial government.(Image: National Council of Provinces (NCOP))Brand South Africa reporterThe premier appoints an Executive Council (akin to the national Cabinet), consisting of members of the legislature, to administer the various departments of the provincial administration. These heads of department are known as members of the Executive Council, or MECs.The legislature makes provincial laws, and may adopt a Constitution for the province if two-thirds of its members agree. A provincial Constitution must be in line with the principles of the national Constitution.Provinces are allowed legislative and executive powers – alongside the powers of the national government – over a number of issues. These include gambling, education (excluding university education), the environment, healthcare, police services, vehicle licensing and welfare.The provinces can take responsibility for administration of these issues if they have the capacity.Provinces also have exclusive powers over a number of areas, including abattoirs, ambulance services, liquor licences, local museums, culture and recreation, and provincial roads and traffic.*Updated: 6 November 2015Source: South African Government Communication and Information SystemWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

All aboard the toy-go-round

first_img12 November 2002Borrow a set of toys for your children, play with them for a whole month, return them in good condition, and then take another set home. You can do this all over again, thanks to toy libraries in several provinces established by the African Self-Help Association (ASHA).South Africa has a total of 90 toy libraries located in the Eastern Cape, North West, Gauteng and the Free State. And the quest to set up more libraries in the country is on, according to Cynthia Morrison, Gauteng chair of the Toy Library Association of South Africa.Morrison has been elected president of the International Toy Library Association which is represented by 42 countries, at the same time making the country the host of the International Toy Library Conference in April 2005.Johannesburg boasts nine of the toy libraries: three in Soweto and others in Craighall, Rivonia, Rossetenville, Eldorado Park, Braamfontein and the Inner City Toy Library in Joubert Park.Complex creations from wasteAnd together with the City of Johannesburg Region 9 Social Services’ “child-friendly city initiative”, ASHA is showcasing the libraries, alongside an exhibition of ingenious toys made from waste at MuseuMAfricA in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. The exhibition is displaying some of the most complex creations made purely from recycled waste products like cardboards, paper and plastic.The toys are arranged in such a way as to also enlighten the visitor about various stimulation roles each set of toys has on the growth of a child. A whole playroom is made completely from the toys, for instance. It includes chairs that can seat a full 80kg adult without breaking.Some toys are grouped thematically around stimulation growth points like mathematics, while others improve a child’s perception, enhance a sense of musical experience, and stimulate problem-solving as well as literacy.From a distance, the toys look like normal commercial toys, until you make out the material used to construct them.As part of the ‘whole child’ experience at the museum, day-care minders can attend workshops on anything ranging from stimulating children to how they can economise by developing skills through toys and making toys themselves.Portia Ngwenya and Lorraine Ntsoane run the workshops. Ngwenya has been making toys for more than seven years and says her interest in the practical aspects of toy-making is unrivalled by anything in the world. “I want to turn toy-making into a small business, so I can empower poor day care teachers as well as make money for myself.”Ngwenya’s creations have been recognised in place as far and wide as Texas, US, where a local hospital honoured her with a certificate after exhibiting some of her toys.The Toys from Waste exhibition runs until 24 November. Entrance is R7 for adults and R2 for children and students.Source: Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

Scoot Airline Review

first_imgFinally there is a budget carrier that has got the low cost recipe right.Singapore Airlines low cost carrier Scoot only commenced services in June 2012 making it one of the newest carriers in the Australasian market.  The success of this airline starts with the aircraft, reconfigured ex Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200s. To put it simply they fly only wide body or twin aisle aircraft rather than the narrow body or single aisle aircraft that most other low cost carrier use and passengers dislike. You won’t find 180 passengers queuing down the aisle of the aircraft for just three toilets on Scoot – oh no here you have 9 toilets for around 360 Economy passengers and there’s even space around the toilets to stand up and stretch your legs.  In addition to this there are multiple choices for seating and meals so you can choose how you want to fly and how much you want to spend.SeatsIn Economy Class, passengers have the choice of a standard economy seat, Super Seat or Stretch Seat.  In addition to this the airline also has a small child free cabin referred to as “ScootinSilence” which is something I am a huge fan of and personally think all airlines should offer. The standard Economy seats (clad in blue fabric) offer a comfortable 31 inch seat pitch (the distance between the back of one seat to the back of the next) and generous 6 inch recline. This is the same as most full service airlines these days. The cost to select your seat is $10 return.  For those that want extra legroom the Super Seats (clad in yellow fabric) have a 33-35 inch seat pitch. Generally the Super Seats at the back of the aircraft have the smaller seat pitch but here there are less seats per row as the fuselage narrows giving you more personal space. The cost of this on a return ticket is $66.The next seat type is the  Stretch (S-t-r-e-t-c-h-)  seats (yellow) which also have a 35 inch seat pitch but are in the first row of each section of the cabin as well as in the emergency exit rows meaning no one can recline into your space. These seats cost an extra $152 return.  As mentioned above Scoot also have the “ScootinSilence” cabin which has Super and Stretch seating only. This cabin is small and private with a real feeling of space and comfort.  All economy seats regardless of type are covered in soft fabric, generous 6 inch seat recline and are adequately padded for comfort.I was lucky enough to fly in a stretch seat in the “ScootinSilence” cabin and it was worth the extra cost.  I spoke to a few passengers on the aircraft and all agreed that paying extra for the super or stretch seating was good value especially since the final price is still significantly cheaper than the alternative full service carrier. During the flight I also sat in the super and standard economy seats and they are the most comfortable seats I have encountered on a budget carrier. The airline has comfort kits referred to as “SnoozeKit” which are available on board or you can pre purchase online for SGD25. The SnoozeKit  includes an eye mask, ear plugs, blanket, socks and neck pillow.MealsAs with any low cost carrier it pays to pre order and pay for your meal at the time of booking. This ensures you get your choice, are served first and you save a couple of dollars.  I ordered a standard combo hot meal $14 which comes with a packet of Pringles and a choice of cold drink being a can of coke or green tea. This needs to be changed as passengers should be able to have the choice of water over soft drink.  The meals are small (size of a ladies hand – order two if you get hungry) and the meal satisfaction with regards to taste really depends on what you order and your personal preference; I had one great meal and one that I really didn’t enjoy.  If you are someone who values your food I highly recommend paying  $19 for a premium meal or upgrade to one for as little as $4.50 on FlyBagEat fares.  The premium meals are as the name suggests – premium- and you get a larger meal but remember this is a “no frills” carrier and in flight meals are never going to be a strong point.In flight EntertainmentAgain it is best to pre book your in flight entertainment whether in the form of hiring an Ipad loaded with movies or pre purchasing WiFi so you can stream movies to your own device from the onboard library.  For those that choose the streaming option and have pre paid, the cabin crew come around early in the flight with your WiFi password.  Make sure you have downloaded the Gogo video player App before boarding and have your boarding pass ready to confirm who you are!  Instructions are in one of the booklets in your seat back pocket and it really is easy to use.  The choices are limited (5 movies, a few TV series plus two shows for kids) but it’s enough provided you aren’t picky with your movie choices. I expected there to be quite a bit of variety within the five movies but three of the five were science fiction. The cost to stream the movies is $13 if you pre purchase or SGD16 on board. If you pre book a rented tablet the cost will be $17 or if you hire on board SGD20. Staff, service and cleanlinessCall me old fashioned but I think cabin crew presentation is important – I don’t think the jeans and polo shirts that some airlines allow their cabin crew to wear are appropriate nor do they give off a good image. I was glad to see the crew nicely presented on both legs of the flight. The cabin crew were friendly, efficient and took safety seriously  – there were no bags left on the floor for take-off or landing or seatbelts undone during mid flight turbulence.  The toilets were clean enough and the cabin rubbish cleared at appropriate intervals throughout the flight.  After the meal service the lights were dimmed in the child free cabin and again in the rest of the cabin once all the passengers had been served.  At one stage I did press my call bell for the cabin crew but after waiting 20 minutes still no one came. I turned it off and pressed it again but nothing. This was frustrating but perhaps it was the logistics of being at the front of the cabin and staff coming from the back and seeing other call bells first or perhaps my call button was not registering.  Another important thing to mention is the company’s call centre.  My travelling companion had to use this and was amazed that the call was answered within 5 minutes, she got to speak to a real person and the problem was immediately solved. This is important and one of the things that so many airlines not just budget airlines do badly.Check in staff at both Perth and Singapore was extremely friendly and helpful.Overall OpinionOverall I was extremely impressed with the in flight product, incredible value for money and twin aisle aircraft.  A fellow passenger stated it was as good as Singapore Airlines but I had to disagree as its nothing like Singapore Airlines, it is however arguably the best budget carrier in Australasia and it is without a doubt amongst the top 10 best budget carriers in the world.  Scoot are competing on routes that many other low cost carriers serve but none offer the value for money and comfort that Scoot does. -See more passenger reviews-Tips For TravellersKeep your boarding pass on you as you need it to receive anything you have pre-booked such as meals and in flight entertainmentStick to the baggage allowance – a standard “FlyBag” ticket only includes 15kgs of checked baggage – if you need more then upgrade to 20+ kilos at the time of bookingThe Super and Stretch seats are popular and very good value for money  – don’t wait till a week before your flight to get one of these seats buy it at the time of booking otherwise you might miss outTake an empty water bottle and fill it up at the airport boarding lounges on boardChanges to meals must be done 72 hours before the flight and ancillary items such as in flight entertainment, baggage and snooze kits 42 hours priorThis airline has so many sales so “like” their facebook page or join their mailing list to be among the first to knowlast_img read more

News Cafe opens in India

first_img6 January 2010 South African food and entertainment chain News Cafe opened its first venue in India in November, joining the ranks of other well-known local brands, such as Nando’s, Spur and Steers, which have branched out overseas. This is the first News Cafe branch to open off the African continent. MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The first sub-continental branch of News Cafe opened its doors in the capital city of New Delhi. Before taking the adventurous step the company conducted intensive market research to establish the pattern for overseas expansion. Research was carried out in three key areas in India – the densely populated cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. But this country is not the only one in Asia to be targeted by News Cafe – the company also has China in its sights. The second News Cafe, currently in the final stages of fitting, is due to open early in 2010 in Hyderabad, known as the pharmaceutical and ICT capital of the country. The third one will open in Mumbai, the world’s second-biggest city in terms of population, in March 2010. To get the most out of its Indian market penetration, the South African franchise has partnered with Numbers Only, a multinational company with extensive hospitality experience in the US and India, and therefore sound knowledge of the industry. Numbers Only also has a separate hotel and restaurant division. News Cafe GM Alan van der Westhuizen said the company was extremely excited to be branching out into new territory. “Unlike other parts of the globe, there is much money and potential within the Indian economy,” he said. “An enormous expatriate community exists with the presence of major corporations utilising the country’s colossal workforce. As such, initial reactions to the contemporary News Cafe brand have been incredibly positive.” He added that New Cafe was hoping to give other similar international brands, such as T.G.I. Friday’s, Hard Rock Cafe and Smokehouse Grill, a run for their money. Rave reviews The 200-seater New Delhi News Cafe operates in the upmarket residential suburb of Vasant Kunj, in the DLF Promenade which is fittingly situated on Nelson Mandela Road. Reviews posted on food websites have not been sparing with praise for News Cafe. “This place rocks,” wrote one enthusiastic diner. “They have the best burgers in town, and the drinks are good … their menu is casual continental.” Customers can experience the well-established South African vibe with decor very similar to that of local News Cafes. To be more compatible with the Indian clientele, however, subtle changes have been made, such as the use of brighter, jewel-like colours in fabrics. The familiar wood counter tops have been replaced with locally quarried granite, which is also seen on the floors and walls. There are also slight changes to the menu. In South Africa News Cafes open very early, some by 07h00, but because the New Delhi one trades between 10h00 and 02h00 the breakfast menu has been reduced accordingly. In addition to the normal fare, a few local favourite dishes such as paneer kathi, kakori keema sandwich, falafel, and Thai green, green prawn and Thai red vegetable curries, are available. The staple food of rice also appears on the menu. Hindu customers have been accommodated with a variety of non-beef dishes, but beef has been left on the menu for the growing international community. All dishes are clearly marked as vegetarian or non-vegetarian, or containing beef and pork.Steady growth The first News Cafe opened in 1995 in Hatfield, Pretoria, and since then the franchise has expanded throughout South Africa and across the country’s borders. There are now 37 venues in Africa, including franchises in Nigeria and Botswana. The unique News Cafe lifestyle concept has earned it many awards in the food, beverage and service sector. Success is attributed to astute, high-profile location, versatility, innovation, trend-setting, aesthetics, positive energy and a multi-cultural clientele. The versatile food chain presents itself as a stylish coffee shop in the morning, switching to a bistro ambience at lunch time, and later in the evening, serves cocktails and light snacks. Occasionally there are music and promotional events for product suppliers. Customers can make themselves at home at all times of the day at a News Cafe, according to the holding company Fournews Developments. The company’s international expansion strategy includes not only Asia, but also the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.First published on 3 December 2009 by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Streaking Petron, F2 Logisitcs renew rivalry

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus JPV finally plays on Marikina home pitch, hosts Global; Davao opens season bid vs Kaya Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC League heavyweights Foton, F2 Logistics and Petron see action Saturday in the Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cargo Movers and Blaze Spikers renew their rivalry in the 6 p.m. match—with last season’s finalists also parading the same imports they had during their Finals showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving However, F2 Logistics won’t be having key players Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron and Kim Kiana Dy, who are playing for La Salle in the ongoing UAAP.The Tornadoes (1-1), who are also bucking the absence of UAAP star Jaja Santiago, test the mettle of the Cocolife Asset Managers (2-2) at 4 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCocolife has won its last two games. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Shiva Thapa knocked out of 56 kg category boxing

first_imgIndia’s young medal hope Shiva Thapa made a first round exit in the men’s 56kg category of the 2012 London Olympics at the Excel Arena in London Saturday after he was given a severe beating by Mexico’s Oscar Valdez Fierro.The 18-year-old, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics , saw his dream crushed by the Mexican fighter, who defeated him 14-9.Thapa lost the first round 2-4 but showed his mettle as he came back strongly taking the second 4-3. However, the third round was a one-way traffic as the 21-year-old Mexican decimated the Indian fighter 7-3.Shiva became the first Indian boxer to be knocked out of the mega-event.The young prodigy from Assam was expected to put on a good show, especially after winning the gold medal at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Astana.last_img read more

UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGuyana, June 28, 2017 – Georgetown – Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it today committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).New High Commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Her Excellency Janet Douglas said on Thursday 22 June that her country wanted to infuse fresh vigour in its relations with the Region. She was at time presenting her Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.In the wake of the recent acts of terrorism in the UK, Ambassador LaRocque placed on record the Community’s unreserved condemnation of orchestrated attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians.He said: “CARICOM joins its voice to that of the international community in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Such disruptive and vicious acts underscore the need for the international community to deepen cooperation in the battle against terrorism.”Secretary-General LaRocque also extended sincere condolences to the UK for the loss of lives and homes due to the disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower in West London in the early hours of 14 June.According to the new UK envoy, it was indeed “a sombre and challenging time” for Britain, but hope was inspired by the message of Her Majesty the Queen on her official birthday, when she said, “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.” That spirit of resolve she said is one that was shared with CARICOM to promote common values such as respect for human rights, the rule of law, and a determination to protect the fragile environment.Ambassador LaRocque stated his appreciation for Britain’s strategic support of issues relating to climate change. Noting that the Caribbean had been designated as the most natural disaster-prone region in the world, he said most Member States bore a heavy debt burden from rebuilding after major climatic events which were more frequent and more intense.Against this backdrop, he said CARICOM continued to advocate for development partners to revisit their policies on graduating vulnerable countries out of access to concessionary development financing. The use of per capita income as the primary criterion for access, the Secretary-General said, was inadequate, adding that vulnerability must be factored in. He further appealed to the UK to include vulnerability of CARICOM countries in reconsidering the eligibility criteria for access to the Infrastructure Fund it has allocated to countries of the Region.The Secretary-General also raised the issues regarding blacking-listing of CARICOM countries as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, de-risking and the withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships by some international banks.He urged the UK – a key player in the OECD and the EU – to communicate the positions of global financial authorities which have affirmed the financial integrity of CARICOM countries.Ms Douglas said that the United Kingdom will continue to collaborate with its CARICOM partners to combat threats to their collective security, such as narcotic trafficking and other international organised crime.As her country negotiated its departure from the EU, she assured that it will retain close relationships with European partners. The new envoy pledged that along with other British High Commissioners in the Region, she will work to manage the implications of Brexit for CARICOM, particularly in the areas of trade and development.Looking forward to the April 2018 Commonwealth Summit, Ms Douglas signalled the UK’s desire to work with CARICOM to ensure its success.“The Summit will provide a platform on which to set a new vision of a strong and effective Commonwealth. It offers the opportunity to re-energise the Commonwealth, so that it better upholds its shared democratic values and delivers greater security and prosperity to its citizens,” Ms Douglas said.After the accreditation, Ambassador LaRocque and Ms Douglas further discussed the challenges with NCDs, security, as well as preparations for the Commonwealth Summit and the UK-Caribbean Forum in 2018.#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more