first_imgFanie Brits of Bellville and Claire Müller of Wynberg were the two winners in our water-wise competition. Ms Müller and Mr Brits, each won R500 Stodels vouchers in the competition featured in the Cape Community Newspapers, which publishes Athlone News, alongside articles about water-wise gardening. We received 63 entries from across the peninsula, showing that Capetonians are committed to saving water at all times.In his entry, Mr Brits said they had installed 5 000-litre and 2 000-litre water tanks to harvest rainwater. The smaller one is undercover, with a filter to keep the water from the roof, going into the tank, clean.“My wife uses this tank water to do her washing and only uses tap water for the rinsing cycle. “All the water used for the washing of clothes, is re-used in the garden.“When we shower, we stand in a tub, and all that water is also used in the garden. We do not (use the) bath at all,” Mr Brits said in his entry.He said they have three toilets and have placed a brick in each of the cisterns to limit the water used for flushing.“We have paved most of the front garden and sidewalk, and use the water from the washing machine to water palms, cycads, roses and a lemon tree in the front garden. Half of our back yard is also paved, with only a small patch of grass, and cycads and palms are planted in beds. We have two areas for growing veggies, some of the produce already being harvested and frozen for winter.“The veggie garden is also watered with tank water, and water from the shower,” said Mr Brits.“Our paving areas are swept, not hosed down. Our water consumption is not more than six kilolitres in winter and slightly more in summer. Mr Stodel’s tips are appreciated, and implemented, thank you,” he said.Ms Müller said that she was a very new gardener. “I only decided to start gardening in October last year, and since then it has been something that I cannot believe I have never considered before,” she said in her competition entry. “It was rather bad timing as shortly thereafter the water restrictions were announced. I prepared as much as I could beforehand by ensuring that 80 percent of the plants that I purchased would be water-wise,” said Ms Müller. “I do have a lawn in the front garden and that is something that always suffers during extreme heat. I am fortunate enough to work at a very large company where we have a coffee bar.“While researching the different ways to ensure the best natural remedies for grass, I found out that coffee granules are high in nitrogen and great for lawns and selected other plants. Once a week, the coffee barristers fill up my five-litre bucket full of nitrogen-rich coffee granules and I use that on the lawn to keep it green. That still left me with a problem as to water, since I only have potable water on my property, I bought a 50-litre bin and my father attached a tap to it and drilled a hole in the lid. Every time we use the washing machine, we feed the pipe through the hole and in doing so re-use 50 litres of grey water for the grass and plants.“I often get asked how I get the grass to stay so green and now you have the secret,” said Ms Müller.last_img read more

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first_imgState investigating possible non-travel Zika in Miami-Dade Published: July 20, 2016 7:49 AM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. MIAMI (CNN) — The Florida Department of Health said it is investigating a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.More than 1,300 cases of Zika have been reported in the continental United States and Hawaii, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. None of those has been the result of local spread by mosquitoes.So far, only people who traveled abroad and their sexual partners have contracted the virus. The CDC said it’s working closely with officials from Florida who are in charge of the investigation.The Florida Department of Health is considering all known routes of transmission in the latest Miami-Dade case, including the possibility that it could be travel related, spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said to CNN.center_img Related Articles: Author: CNN SHARElast_img read more

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first_imgAunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles, French toast recalled Published: May 6, 2017 11:11 AM EDT Updated: May 6, 2017 11:16 AM EDT SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img Author: Associated Press PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey-based food company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast because they might be contaminated with Listeria.Pinnacle Foods Inc. said Friday the safety of its customers is its top priority and no illnesses have been reported. It says it initiated the recall when testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment.Listeria monocytogenes can cause fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people can suffer fevers and diarrhea. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.Pinnacle Foods says it’s working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the recall, which applies only to frozen products with “Best By” dates, not dry mixes or syrups.Distributors and retailers are being notified so they can remove products from U.S. and Mexican store shelves.last_img read more

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first_img Published: May 9, 2017 8:17 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Soccer coach comes out to team as transgender, video goes viral Lightner can often be seen driving players to and from practice or games, and is active on the club’s social media accounts. He also happens to be a transgender man, a fact about himself he hadn’t shared with many of the kids at the club — that is, until now. After one recent practice, he called his team into a huddle and came out to them in an inspiring speech that has since gone viral. “Some of you may or may not know this, but I am transgender,” Lightner says in a 7-minute video posted to YouTube on May 3. Throughout the video, which has over 52,000 views, the players on screen listen respectfully, and one can be seen walking up to Lightner to give him a hug. He explains to them in kid-friendly terms what that means and why he has chosen to tell them. “I’m a boy. I just look a little different on the insides than some other boys do. I think of myself as a boy,” he says, adding, “I was born a girl.”“I grew up playing soccer as a girl,” Lightner says. “And that’s not something I share with players or people in the sports world very often, because it’s not an easy thing. We have a lot of rules in sports about how boys play and how girls play and that’s not really fair,” he says. “I got told a lot of things about being a soccer player as a girl — that I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that,” Lightner continues. “I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t strong enough, or I was too strong, I acted too much like a boy.”He wanted the kids to know the struggles that he has overcome, and the importance of living as your authentic self.“I may have this white skin and I may look like I just cruised through life with a lot of privilege — which I have had — but I have one thing that a lot of people don’t know about me … we should all be who we are, exactly who we want to be, and not hide who we are.”Putting it all in perspective, he added, “I’m still the same person, but now you just know a little something else about me.”Lightner admitted that he was nervous to confide in his team, but when he opened up the floor for questions, he got a surprising response. Instead of asking about his gender, the first question was a typical kid’s inquiry: “How old are you?”“That’s the important thing? That’s what you guys want to know?” he laughed. For the record: “I’m almost 37.”center_img (CBS) Kaig Lightner is the founder and director of coaching at the Portland Community Football Club in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, he and the club have been committed to making low-cost, high-quality athletics available to the area’s underprivileged youth. They provide equipment and coaching to give every kid in the community a chance to be active. SHARElast_img read more

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first_img Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Essentia fires about 50 workers for refusing to get flu shot Published: November 23, 2017 9:21 AM EST center_img DULUTH, Minn. (AP) A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot.Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.The company said it wanted to help keep patients from getting sick at its 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota and Wisconsin.MORE: Mother shares story of how daughter died from fluEssentia says 99 percent of the company’s 13,900 eligible employees had gotten the shot, received an exemption or were getting an exemption by the Monday deadline.The United Steelworkers filed an injunction to try to delay the policy, but a federal judge denied the request. Minnesota Public Radio reports at least two other unions are filing grievances on behalf of workers who lost their jobs.MORE: Can’t get sick? Track illness from your smartphone SHARElast_img read more

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first_imgProsecutors should consider the maturity of a young adult as part of their public-interest test for prosecution, a report by lobbying coalition the Transition to Adulthood Alliance has suggested. The report, published this week, says that police and the Crown Prosecution Service should consider the ‘lack of maturity’ of a young adult offender before deciding whether to arrest, charge or prosecute them. It suggests that extending the criteria already used as a mitigating factor in sentencing could result in better-informed charging decisions for offences committed by young adults. The recommendation is one of 10 made by the alliance to improve the way the criminal justice process deals with people aged 16 to 24. It says that the police should use more conditional cautions, where appropriate, to ensure that unnecessary criminal records do not prevent young people from turning their lives around. Other recommendations include: offering restorative justice at all stages of the justice system; greater use of community sentences; and helping offenders improve their situation through, for example, a national employment initiative. The report says that young adults make up less than 10% of the British population, but account for almost one-third of those sentenced to prison every year. Three out of four young adults leaving prison are reconvicted of a crime within two years. Read the full report.last_img read more

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first_imgFour out of five adults in England and Wales would be unable to pay for a lawyer were they accused of a crime, according to a survey of the likely impact of the government’s planned legal aid cuts.They would have to represent themselves or even remortgage their homes, it revealed.A Populus poll commissioned by the six bar circuits and Criminal Bar Association showed that, under the reforms, 80% of adults would be unable to afford the average £10,000 legal fees incurred for a three-day trial, and would be forced to represent themselves.Of the 2,036 adults who took part, 75% said that a person accused of a crime who cannot afford to pay their legal fees should be entitled to financial help.As the government, and justice secretary Chris Grayling (pictured), plan to introduce wide-ranging cuts to legal aid, including a £37,500 eligibility cap, 64% of respondents said there would be more miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions as a result.More than half, 60%, said the cuts would hit those on middle incomes hardest.Asked if they would be comfortable being represented by G4S or Eddie Stobart, 16% and 20% respectively said they would be.Commenting, the leader of the North East Circuit, Alistair MacDonald QC, said the results show that many Britons will be faced with ‘financial ruin’ if they are put in a position were they have to defend themselves in a criminal court.He said the £37,500 household disposable income cap for legal aid eligibility will hit ‘hard-working families’ the hardest, many of whom could have to remortgage their homes.MacDonald said: ‘The losers will be law-abiding citizens on modest incomes who defend their homes against intruders, accidentally clip a cyclist in their cars, or who are simply among the many each year accused of crimes they haven’t committed.’If the proposals are implemented, those who qualify for legal aid will lose the ability to select their lawyer and will instead be allocated one by the state. MacDonald said this would render the ‘globally renowned’ British criminal justice system ‘unrecognisable’. Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

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first_imgHuman rights groups should try to build bridges with lawyers in North Korea – even though such efforts will almost certainly be rebuffed, the International Bar Association conference in Tokyo heard today. Michael Kirby, the retired Australian high court judge who headed the UN’s commission of inquiry into the communist state, told the meeting of the IBA’s human rights committee that lawyers ‘should be reaching out’ to the two official bar associations that exist in North Korea, even though ‘they are going to refuse, time and time again’. Offering free places to conferences might be a way to build person-to-person contact, he said. This would necessarily be a long-term project ‘for when the cloud lifts’ he said. Kirby read harrowing passages from his commission’s hard-hitting report published last May. They were corroborated by an escapee from North Korea, speaking under the name of ‘Mr Lee’, ‘I have seen public executions, starvation, the deaths of children,’ he said. ‘In North Korea we are well aware of what is going on in the government but we have never heard of human rights.’A leading British human rights barrister, Steven Kay QC of 9 Bedford Row, told the meeting that future charges against Pyongyang could include genocide as well as crimes against humanity.This was the conclusion of an independent opinion by international firm Hogan Lovells in June this year, which identified genocide against three identifiable groups, defectors, the so-called ‘hostile class’ and members of proscribed religions. Kirby defended his report’s decision not to make accusations of genocide at this stage. ‘Our approach was to take the rule of law approach,’ he said. He hinted at difficulties with the ‘very 1948′ definition of genocide, which excludes attacks on political groups. ‘We have so much evidence of crimes against humanity and that’s enough. That triggers the process of the [International Criminal Court] and that’s what we should be concentrating on.’ A UN statement on North Korea is likely to appear by December – but could face a veto by China. Kirby said that this is not a foregone conclusion, pointing out that Peking had used its veto only 10 times since becoming a Security Council member. Using it to protect North Korea would fit badly with Chinese ambitions to play a role on the world stage, he said.  More than 6,000 lawyers from around the world are attending the IBA annual conference in Tokyo.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Ministry of Justice is still waiting for chancellor George Osborne to approve the government’s £375m investment in courts infrastructure in the forthcoming spending review, it has emerged. MoJ permanent secretary Richard Heaton (pictured) told MPs that the bid for the five-year investment, earmarked to modernise the courts system, is still ‘in play’ ahead of the chancellor’s announcement on 28 November.The funding was promised in the Conservative manifesto but the department needs to find ways to save £1bn in real terms from its annual budget.‘This is one of the many finance areas we are seeking money from the Treasury but the spending review is tight,’ said Heaton during his appearance at the House of Commons justice committee yesterday.Pressed by committee chair Bob Neill on whether this could mean the programme might collapse, Heaton said: ‘It is one of our top bids, both in terms of capital and resource funding.’Heaton said there are ‘bound’ to be reductions in staff numbers at the MoJ in the coming years as the department seeks to reduce spending.But members questioned why certain areas of spending have increased from 2014 to 2015, with consultancy spending up from £27m to £34m and temporary staff spending up from £134m to £165m. Numbers of permanent staff members have fallen from 82,000 to 79,000 in the space of a year.MoJ director general Ann Beasley said that the headcount in the court service is down from 22,000 in 2010 to around 17,000 in 2015.She said the department had ‘deliberately’ recruited agency staff in the knowledge that headcount would be reduced, saying it would be ‘dishonest’ to give permanent jobs to people knowing those jobs would not exist in future years.Heaton said he had tried to discourage staff from allowing overspend in certain areas and relying on moving funds from a different part of the MoJ, adding that it creates a ‘culture of slackness’.Heaton confirmed eight people are paid more than the £180,000 annual salary of the highest-paid director.These roles include an interim head of IT and digital, information assurance adviser at GCHQ, enterprise architect, programme manager and four programme directors.Heaton said specialists were needed in building the digital service, contract management and technology at the MoJ. ‘They are all taking a considerable drop in the salary they were earning outside as they want to do public sector work.’last_img read more

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first_imgSenior legal figures are at odds on how to reform the Crown Prosecution Service, it has emerged.Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle Victoria Atkins, a non-practising barrister, mooted the idea about making the CPS ‘more localised’ during social and economic thinktank Politeia’s discussion ‘The CPS – is the system working?’.However, Lib Dem peer Lord Macdonald (pictured), who was director of public prosecutions from 2003 to 2008, told the event there were ‘many flaws’ with Atkins’ proposed model.The CPS, which was created by the Prosecution of Offences Act, began operating in 1986.Atkins, a specialist fraud prosecutor, said ‘we are at a time now where we can really begin to be bold about how the CPS should be’.She suggested the CPS could be responsible for setting, reviewing and ensuring national prosecuting standards are met.Atkins mooted: ‘Having a network of solicitor agents across the country, chambers as well, where we begin to take on more of the litigation role and where they are advising from the very beginning – pre, post-charge and beyond.’‘I wonder if we could not set up a more localised system where, if you’re in Lincolnshire, you know you’re being prosecuted by solicitors or barristers in your local community who understand the pressures of your area in a way which Rose Walk [the address of the CPS’s head office in London] simply can’t.’Lincolnshire’s policing needs were ‘very different’ to those of central London, Atkins said.Though Macdonald was ‘not opposed’ to the idea of localism, he warned it could lead to ‘huge inconsistency’ around the country in terms of decision-making and ‘overpowerful’ police forces.Macdonald said the proposed model would lead to lawyers working in a CPS ‘that does no advocacy, no role in charging, but has some sort of guiding function that’s not quite defined’.He said it was ‘very dangerous’ to ‘talk in terms of devolving powers to small, independent organisations dotted around the country who have little contact with each other and may have a commercial interest in decisions they take’.Earlier this week the CPS was criticised by inspectors for failing to engage effectively with defence practitioners amid efforts to reduce delays in magistrates’ courts.last_img read more

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