Dest leaves Ajax concentration in Qatar due to tension in the Middle East

first_imgUS Ajax defender Sergiño Dest left this Thursday the concentration that your team is doing in Qatar during the break wintry, since he was not “comfortable” because of the tense climate in the Middle East area following the recent attacks between the United States and Iran.“Sergiño Dest asked the club if he could leave the training camp of Ajax in Qatar. He did not feel comfortable. Ajax understands your request and he consents to it, “the Eredivisie champion said on his website. In this way, the 19-year-old side, born in the Netherlands but who chose to play with the United States internationally, To return to to Amsterdam to train with the teams of the lower categories.This Wednesday, Iran launched missile attacks against two US military bases in Iraq, in response to the assassination of the General of the Iranian Armed Forces, Qassem Soleimani, by the US Army last week.last_img read more

Civil Law Court Places Injunction on LINSU Election

first_imgErnest D. Jallah, child rights and education activist.The Civil Law Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice on Friday, September 28, placed a temporary state order on the conduct of Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) election, pending the outcome of its deliberation on the petition for declaratory judgment filed by one of the nominees for president, Ernest Duku Jallah, against the union.Prior to the court order, LINSU election was scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018.The court’s order, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, mandated LINSU to file their resistance on October 8 to Jallah’s complaint.The order further that,  “You [LINSU] are also ordered to temporarily restrain, enjoin, prohibit the respondents to stay and refrain from all further conduction of election of the leadership of LINSU pending the final determination of this case or until otherwise ordered by this court.”In his complaint, Jallah claimed that the union’s Congress Preparatory Committee has compromised and partially planned an event to hand over the leadership to desired candidates.Additionally, Jallah claimed that the co-chair of LINSU’s Congress Preparatory Committee (CPC), Madison Zondo, deliberately showed a behavior that would render him unqualified not to partake in the election.“My nomination letter was deliberately refused after submitting it to Madison Zondo, who did not accept it at all,” claimed Zondo.According to LINSU’s constitution, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, the union’s CPC by constitution must remain neutral as a body steering the election of LINSU’s National Executive Committee.The constitution says, “Full members’ organization shall nominate candidates for posts within the National Executive Committee; nomination shall include personal profile of the candidates (experience in student activities, organizational skills, age and academic status). The candidature period shall begin at least a year before the congress. Interested member organization should submit their nomination to the CPC at least two months before the congress.The congress preparatory committee must be informed of the eligible candidates at least two weeks before the congress.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ban imposed on importation of citrus fruits

first_img…Guyana produces “adequate quantities” – NAREI CEOBy Lakhram BhagiratChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Dr Oudho Homenauth has announced that while there is no ban on the importation of fruits, his organisation has recently restricted the importation of all citrus fruits.NAREI CEO, Dr Oudho HomenauthThis move, he notes, is in keeping with the policies of the Government of the day.“We are governed by an Act of Parliament and we work with the policies of the Government of the day as dictated and based on the policies, we implement the programmes. For example, the emphasis here has been on reducing imports as far as possible because when you do that our farmers benefit,” Dr Homenauth told Guyana Times in an interview on Friday.Imported Florida Oranges“We are not going to allow importation of any citrus products: oranges, limes, grapefruit, tangerines etc because I know we are producing that in adequate quantities. Barring what I have said there, we have to follow the quarantine rules of our country because we have to also safeguard against those pests and diseases we don’t have here,” he explained while trying to justify the ban.Imported LemonsDr Homenauth told this publication that one of the pests NAREI is concerned about is “citrus greening”, which he dubbed as extremely devastating. He further related that this pest has the ability to devastate the entire citrus industry as it has done in many countries.According to United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Inspection Service (USDA-APIS) citrus greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) is one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world. It is also known as Huanglongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure. While the disease poses no threat to humans or animals, it has devastated millions of acres of citrus crops throughout the United States and abroad.Citrus greening is spread by a disease-infected insect, the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri Kuwayama or ACP), and has put the future of citrus at risk. Infected trees produce fruits that are green, misshapen and bitter, unsuitable for sale as fresh fruit or for juice. Most infected trees die within a few years.However, Dr Homenauth said that NAREI has never been in the business of granting permission for the importation of citrus since Guyana’s farmers are more than capable of producing to meet demands.NAREI’s Crop Protection Department (commonly referred to as “Quarantine”) is responsible for farm certification as well as granting permission for the importation of agricultural produce. The Department has a heavy presence at every port of entry in Guyana, so as to ensure that every agricultural product coming in to the country is catered for in the laws.“We have to give clearance for imports that comes in, especially for fresh produce and similarly for importation for any fresh produce we have to give the necessary permission for them to come into the country because we have to follow the rules of the country as well as the World Trade Organisation as well. I know people have been saying that we are restricting import. That is not the story; what we want to do is ensure compliance. Basically what they used to do, I know that, when we give permission for people to bring in stuff, they would include stuff that is not part of the import permit. But with the new system that is being employed by the GRA with the other agencies, what it does is it picks up everything that is in the container,” the CEO explained.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recently introduced the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), which is supposed to help fast-track these transactions, although persons have contended otherwise.last_img read more

SFS Councilmember in critical condition

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Longtime City Councilmember Betty Putnam was doing what she’s known for – helping her constituents – when she grabbed a ladder to try and eradicate a wasp’s nest Wednesday night and fell, said city officials. She is in critical condition with major head trauma at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. “Betty is heavily sedated and not awake,” said City Manager Fred Latham Thursday morning. “Doctors have expressed cautious optimism.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Jose Mourinho: Manchester ‘will pull together as one’ after Arena attack

first_img Jose Mourinho: The Man United boss takes training ahead of the Europa League final Jose Mourinho says the “hearts and minds” of everyone at Manchester United are with those affected by the horrific attack that killed 22 people and injured many more.An explosion rocked the city on Monday evening when a bomb was let off at the end of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.Greater Manchester Police has confirmed 22 people were killed and 59 injured in an attack that has shocked the world.In the wake of the incident, UEFA accepted United’s formal request to cancel their press conference ahead of the Europa League final, while the team held a minute’s silence at training before flying to Sweden.The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for a bombing that United manager Mourinho says dominates their thoughts ahead of facing Ajax in Stockholm.“We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families,” the Portuguese said.“We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.“I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.”Old Trafford is closed to the public and United said in a statement that “club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city”.Those sentiments were echoed by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an email to staff confirming the cancellation of Wednesday’s Europa League party at the Victoria Warehouse.“I am sure you will all have heard of the tragic and horrifying events in Manchester (on Monday) night,” Woodward said. “Our thoughts go out to the victims and families affected.“These senseless acts are designed to shake the confidence of people and to turn communities on each other.“Members of our family of fans and our home community have been affected and we will be reaching out to provide the support of the club in what must be an unimaginably difficult time.“Manchester is a resilient city and I am sure that its people will defy the wishes of those who have perpetrated this awful crime and demonstrate what a magnificent place this is.“The club provides counselling and support services in times of crisis; please do not be afraid to ask if you have been affected.“As a sign of respect for the victims and their families, we have decided that we should cancel the event planned for (Wednesday) evening. We are sure that in the circumstances you will all understand and support this decision.” 1last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club has been selected by the International Affairs Committee of the Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC), to represent Ireland at the Generali World Club Show Jumping Tournament in Lamotte-Beuvron in France.This is the first time for an Irish team to compete in the competition, which is organised by the Federation Francaise d’Equitation (FFE).While only one club from each country may compete, the competition attracts entries from all over the world and takes place in the Equestrian Park in Lamotte-Beuvron (one of the largest in Europe), from 19th – 22nd July, 2016. The AIRC has 3500 members nationally and 130 clubs. The Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club belongs to the West Region, which is the largest region in the country.Club chairman, Lawrence Smyth, says that the club is honoured and excited about this great opportunity to represent Ireland.The team travelling to France is: Mickey McHugh, Rocktown, Falcarragh, Cassandra McGee, Stranacorcra, Derrybeg, Trish Warren, Falcarragh and Dunfanaghy, John McDaid, Castlesdoe, Creeslough. These riders all competed at the National AIRC Masters’ Finals at Mullingar Equestrian Centre in March of this year.The team flies to France on Monday 18th July, with Lawrence Smyth, as Chef d’Équippe. DONEGAL CLUB TO REPRESENT IRELAND AT WORLD SHOW JUMPING TOURNAMENT was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDinny Mc Ginley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has described the passage of the Gaeltacht Bill as an historic moment for the Gaeltacht and the Irish language.Minister McGinley commented: “Today is an historic day for the Gaeltacht and for the Irish language. This is the first major piece of legislation regarding the Gaeltacht in over 50 years. Since then – and as time has passed – it has become increasingly urgent that a new legislative framework, and a new approach, is needed for the Gaeltacht and the language.“In 2007 we were warned that Irish as a living community language had a lifespan of 15 to 20 years unless remedial action was taken urgently. Since coming into Government, we decided to make this bill a top priority, and I am delighted to have delivered on this commitment today. “There has been extensive consultation – and wide debate – regarding the provisions of this new legislation. As I have said, at every stage of this process, the old approach has failed. That is clear to any person who has watched the continuous decline in the use of Irish as a community language in Gaeltacht areas. Today, 23,000 people use Irish on a daily basis in Gaeltacht areas. We have to stem that decline.“I am particularly happy that this new legislation gives people and communities the power to decide their own linguistic future. I believe that it is only with real engagement, and by bringing people with us, that we can make progress.“I am very disappointed that the opposition chose not to engage in the final stages of this bill. However, this matter is too important for the future of the language to delay any further. In the coming period, I will be travelling the country and appealing to local communities, to schools, to voluntary organisations, and to local representatives, to engage with the new legislation and – most importantly – to work with us in this historic new way forward for Irish and the Gaeltacht.”The Minister made no reference to a gagging order issued against a Glenveagh gardener and Department employee over his personal opposition to the Bill.  NEW BILL IS HISTORIC MOMENT FOR IRISH LANGUAGE AND GAELTACHT – McGINLEY was last modified: July 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NEW BILL IS HISTORIC MOMENT FOR IRISH LANGUAGE AND GAELTACHT – McGINLEYlast_img read more

Biological Big Bang: Another Explosion at the Dawn of Life

first_imgEugene Koonin and two friends from the NIH went tree-hunting.  They examined almost 7,000 genomes of prokaryotes.  They found trees all right – a whole forest of them.  They even found 102 NUTs (nearly universal trees) in the forest.  Unfortunately, it’s not what they wanted to find: a single universal tree of life that Darwin’s theory requires.  They had to seriously consider the question: was there a biological big bang?    Publishing in an open-access article in the Journal of Biology,1 they began with the founding father’s vision: “The tree of life is, probably, the single dominating metaphor that permeates the discourse of evolutionary biology, from the famous single illustration in Darwin’s On the Origin of Species to 21st-century textbooks.”  Alas, that 150-year-old icon must be dismantled.  In their conclusion, they said, “the original tree of life concept is obsolete: it would not even be a ‘tree of one percent’.”    What happened?  It appears that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) has scrambled the genes in prokaryotes so much that any trace of common ancestry has been lost.  This means that Darwin’s metaphor lacks empirical evidence.  A fair-minded scientist would have to consider the possibility of a biological big bang (BBB), in which all the diversity in prokaryotes arose explosively.  And that’s what they did.  They evaluated their evidence with the BBB model and a slower type of explosion, called compressed cladogenesis (CC).2  Whichever was better, it was not very tree-like.  The strong tree-of-life image is unsupportable in the data.  They asked, “However, is there any hope of salvaging the tree of life as a statistical central trend?”  Searching diligently, they thought they found some things that “suggest a positive answer to this crucial question.”The message from this analysis is twofold.  On the one hand, we detected high levels of inconsistency among the trees comprising the forest of life, most probably due to extensive HGT, a conclusion that is supported by more direct observations of numerous probable transfers of genes between archaea and bacteria.  On the other hand, we detected a distinct signal of a consensus topology that was particularly strong in the NUTs.  Although the NUTs showed a substantial amount of apparent HGT, the transfer events seemed to be distributed randomly and did not obscure the vertical signal.  Moreover, the topology of the NUTs was quite similar to those of numerous other trees in the forest, so although the NUTs certainly cannot represent the forest completely, this set of largely consistent, nearly universal trees is a reasonable candidate for representing a central trend.  However, the opposite side of the coin is that the consistency between the trees in the forest is high at shallow depths of the trees and abruptly drops, almost down to the level of random trees, at greater phylogenetic depths that correspond to the radiation of archaeal and bacterial phyla.  This observation casts doubt on the existence of a central trend in the forest of life and suggests the possibility that the early phases of evolution might have been non-tree-like (a Biological Big Bang).  To address this problem directly, we simulated evolution under the CC model and under the BBB model, and found that the CC scenario better approximates the observed dependence between tree inconsistency and phylogenetic depth.  Thus, a consistent phylogenetic signal seems to be discernible throughout the evolution of archaea and bacteria but, under the CC model, the prospect of unequivocally resolving the relationships between the major archaeal and bacterial clades is bleak.Keeping some hope alive in the bleakness, therefore, they thought they could discern a weak central phylogenetic (evolutionary) trend in their data.  But it was, at best, only a composite of “nearly universal” trees that was obscured by a thicket of cross branches.  The same data seem to fit just as well with the big bang or compressed cladogenesis models (see footnote 2 for explanation).  The short message is, “A central trend that most probably represents vertical inheritance is discernible throughout the evolution of archaea and bacteria, although compressed cladogenesis complicates unambiguous resolution of the relationships between the major archaeal and bacterial clades.”    This paper is the latest in a series of “bleak” findings by Koonin about the missing tree of life (see “Mystery of Intron Evolution,” 09/03/2003; “Introns Stump Evolutionary Theorists,” 03/09/2006, “What Are Human Genes Doing in a Sea Anemone?”, 07/08/2007; “Will Darwinism End in a Big Bang?”, 10/08/2007).1.  Puigbo, Wolf and Koonin, “Search for a ‘Tree of Life’ in the thicket of the phylogenetic forest,” Journal of Biology, 2009, 8:59doi:10.1186/jbiol159.2.  “More specifically, we considered two models of early evolution at the level of archaeal and bacterial phyla: a compressed cladogenesis (CC) model, whereby there is a tree structure even at the deepest levels but the internal branches are extremely short; and a Biological Big Bang (BBB) model under which the early phase of evolution involved horizontal gene exchange so intensive that there is no signal of vertical inheritance in principle.”  But even with CC, a tree without branches is not really an evolutionary tree; it is a lineage.The Darwinists are in the throes of withdrawal.  The thought of not having a tree to comfort them is too much to endure.  Their tree at the Cambrian exploded, and now they are hearing a big bang at the origin of the most primitive forms of life.  Darwin hates those explosions.  They ruin his whole day.    Get a load of this line from the paper.  It is almost unsurpassed as an example of euphemism covering up a crisis: “The results of this analysis do not rule out the BBB model as the generative mechanism underlying the divergence of archaea and bacteria….”  Did you catch that?  That is hilarious!  A big bang as a generative mechanism?  What are they saying?  Generative – Genesis – they’re talking about creation, folks!  The prokaryotes just burst onto the scene.  Explosions are generally not considered to be creative mechanisms, you realize.  They just hid their little “problem” inside a big bang, hoping the concussion would distract you from what they just admitted.  A big bang as a generative mechanism?  Ha!  However that happened, it was definitely NOT a Darwinian process.  It sounds like creation.  There is no possible, conceivable way that Darwin can account for the sudden appearance of prokaryotes and bacteria, with all their molecular machines, systems, networks, genetic codes and complexity.  Why don’t they just admit it?  Why don’t they follow the evidence where it leads?  Why this craving to smoke the Darwin dope and push it on the youth? (DOPE = Darwin-Only Public Education).  They said the DOPE is still in 21st century textbooks.  Come clean!  Break the habit.  Clean up your act.    Darwinism’s only tenuous grasp on science is empirical evidence.  Admittedly, Darwin was a good storyteller.  He was a genteel guy with a lot of friends.  But who cares if his book makes a nice story or one long argument?  Science wants data.  The empirical evidence has been slipping from his disciples’ grasp since the Origin hit the bookshelves.  It sent his disciples on many a wild goose chase, looking for missing links that were trumpeted only to be falsified later (like Piltdown Man), Precambrian transitional forms that never appeared, pangenesis that was challenged by Mendelian discrete alleles, and promissory notes they kept delaying to pay.  They kept distracting us with little finch beaks and peppered moths to make us believe they had everything explained.  Their grip on empirical evidence was nearly lost when the genetic code was discovered.  Now this: no tree of life!  A biological big bang.  Face it, Darwinists: it’s over.  The tree was a myth.  It’s obsolete.  Stop trying to imagine a tree in the thicket.  It’s not even “a tree of one percent.”  Five percent is the usual scientific minimum threshold for statistical significance; this is way below that.  The data do not “suggest” an imaginary tree that might be used to “salvage” the icon.  If there’s anything “suggested” by the empirical evidence, it is a loud, clear call of design.    Stop the doubletalk and the moonwalk.  “Compressed cladogenesis” (another euphemism for “hurry-up origin of groups”) is not going to save the theory now.  They tried that with the Cambrian explosion, too, remember?  They tried to stretch it out a few more million years, from 2 minutes on a 24-hour clock to 4 minutes.  It’s not going to work.  Give it up.  Let’s all pitch in, clean up the mess and move on.  There’s work to do.  Systems biology has some gold to mine (07/21/2009) and we can at least learn some things that might improve our living standards from the intelligent designs in biology (07/11/2009, 06/25/2005, 10/29/2005).(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Women’s Month looks at unity in South Africa

first_img30 July 2015Women’s achievements in the workplace were acknowledged by Susan Shabangu at the official launch of Women’s Month t, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 July.Shabangu, the minister in The Presidency responsible for women, said it was important that women’s achievements – such as being judges, directors or publishers in companies and those in male dominated environments like policing – should not be denied. “Next year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March which took place in 1956. We are now hosting events in the build up to next year’s celebrations.”Challenges women faced today would also be addressed, such as gender-based violence. “From the beginning of November, we will engage women in national dialogues, making sure we understand why we still have these challenges.“We will try to identify the gaps and have to strengthen the arms with communities.”The theme of Women’s Month this year is “Women united in moving South Africa forward”. Women’s Month runs every August, with Women’s Day an annual national public holiday on 9 August. The day marks the Women’s March against apartheid laws, specifically against the law requiring all black women to carry pass books, which took place on 9 August 1956.Women from all parts of the country arrived in Pretoria and marched to the Union Buildings to deliver a petition to the prime minister, JG Strijdom. He was not there to meet the women, who left huge bundles of petitions. Estimates of the number of marchers ranged from 10 000 to 20 000.Shabangu remarked that the women in the 1956 march came together despite their diversity and the apartheid laws. “They united to say ‘we need each other as women in this country. Our fight is the fight of all the women in South Africa.’”The unity of women in diversity continued to be the anchor to take South Africa forward.Guests at the launch included actress Sophie Ndaba and activist Sophie de Bruyn, who had taken part in the 1956 march.“Minister Shabangu says we want to pay tribute to all women who played a significant role in this freedom that we enjoy today,” tweeted @GCISMedia, the government’s media account. “Minister Shabangu says all the Women’s Month events will take the nation down memory lane about the role women played.”There would be weekly events as part of the Womens Month programme, it was reported.Week one would celebrate women in fashion; week two would examine women in the film industry; week three would focus on the trafficking of women and children and the exploitation of women; week four would be concerned with women’s economic empowerment of women.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African companies do their bit to cut water use

first_imgUnder level 6B water restrictions, the City of Cape Town limits residents to using 50 litres of water per person per day. Meanwhile, businesses are finding innovative ways to cut water consumption.There are many ways to save water. One restaurant in Stellenbosch, for example, uses the water in which spinach is cooked, to wash dishes. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South AfricaThe City of Cape Town will implement level 6B water restrictions from 1 February 2018. This means that each person in the city is limited to 50 litres of water per day for at least the next 150 days.Dam levels in the region are extremely low, and it was announced on 23 January that Day Zero had been pushed forward to 12 April 2018. Day Zero is when the taps run dry; from that day, residents will be forced to stand in line at designated water points to collect an allocated 25 litres of water per person per day.As part of efforts to relieve pressure on rapidly dwindling water resources in the region, the national Department of Water and Sanitation had partnered with the City on a joint blitz on unlawful water activities in Mfuleni, according to the South African Government News Agency.The focus of the operation was to address all current water use contraventions and compliance with the water restrictions, particularly targeting informal carwashes, said the department.On 25 January 2018, for example, several fines were issued, mostly for using municipal drinking water at informal carwashes without special exemption. On the previous day, the department conducted compliance monitoring on farms in the Malmesbury and Tulbagh areas.Meanwhile, businesses across Cape Town are implementing strategies to cut their water use.Organisers of the Sun Met, known as Africa’s richest race day, brought in 60,000 litres of water from outside Cape Town for guests and racegoers. The annual race was held on Saturday, 27 January this year, at Kenilworth Racecourse.Taps at the racecourse were not used on the day, as a commitment to support the province’s drive to conserve the scarce resource, the organisers said.Wine farms saving waterThere had been a rapid increase in the use of drip irrigation from about 30% of farms in 1996 to 59% in 2012 in the wine industry, according to Kevin Cilliers, KwaZulu-Natal regional manager of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA).Cilliers said wine estates such as Boschendal had explored more efficient methods of irrigation to use only what was needed.Drip irrigation is a type of micro-irrigation that has the potential to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from above the soil surface or buried below the surface.There was a heightened sense of awareness of water consumption and management in the wine sector, said Cilliers. “Many wine producers such as Spier, Boschendal, Lourensford and Elgin Orchards have embarked on interventions to manage and eradicate alien vegetation species around their rivers, so as to reduce losses and to remediate the waterways.”In another example, significant progress had been made at Spier with installation of a centralised waste water treatment facility comprising reed beds. “The company has achieved 100% recycling of effluent generated for watering of gardens and grounds.”Businesses playing their partIt had closed all showers in its domestic and international lounges at the airport, the Slow Lounge at Cape Town International Airport told Tourism Update. It also encouraged water saving in toilets and at basins, and had posted notices in the lounge bathrooms.Slow Lounge could not confirm when its showers would reopen.Agents and tour operators have been advised by Cape Town Tourism to inform clients of the water restrictions in the city and to ask them to be mindful when consuming water anywhere in the airport or the city.On Friday, 15 December, Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa encouraged people travelling from Gauteng to participate in a social experiment and exchange five kilograms of their on-flight baggage allowance for five litres of water.The experiment, called Siemens Airdrop, uses a voucher system: passengers with enough unused (5kg or more) luggage receive a voucher in Johannesburg and on arrival in Cape Town receive a five-litre bottle of water in exchange. Operating on a first come, first serve basis, there are 1,000 vouchers available.The AirDrop collection stand is in the arrivals area, opposite Woolworths. Uncollected water is donated to Gift of the Givers.Meanwhile, Business Live has reported that pasta and boiled vegetables are disappearing from menus at several restaurants in Cape Town.Pane E Vino Food and Wine Bar reused most of its water, said Akihirah Erasmus, head of the kitchen at the Stellenbosch eatery. “The water we use to cook our spinach is reused to wash our dishes; we use the water we wash our cutlery with for our garden.” Staff are also encouraged to bring their own drinking water.The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands has removed pasta from menus at its restaurants and patrons can no longer order boiled vegetables. Different cooking techniques had been implemented to save water, said executive chief Carl Van Rooyen. “We don’t boil anymore, we steam.” Deep frying was another method used.Managing the droughtThe national Department of Water and Sanitation, together with the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape department of local government, environment and development planning, had held several meetings in an effort to manage and mitigate the effects of the drought on water availability for the province, said Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.The Restrictions Management Committee and the Joint Operations Centre had been set up to oversee drought management functions and interventions with the joint participation of local, provincial and national government.Through these efforts a Water Indaba, bringing together the government, the private and agricultural sectors, as well as academics and water experts, was convened to investigate solutions and action necessary to avert a water black-out.“As a department we have successfully intervened and saved several provinces that were devastated by the drought over the last three years and will continue to do so in the Western Cape as well,” Mokonyane said.Over the next few days, she would hold several follow-up meetings with the various stakeholders to assess progress of the implementation of current interventions as well as new interventions necessary to avert #DayZero.For more information and water restriction guidelines, visit the City of Cape Town’s website.Source: South African Government News Agency, City of Cape Town, Tourism Update, Business Live and SiemensWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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