Cheers to South Africa’s tap water

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first_img7 February 2012While sipping on bottled water has become something of a lifestyle statement, a survey has revealed that most South Africans are happy with the high quality water that comes straight from their taps.The survey, conducted by the Water Research Commission and South African Local Government Association between March and May 2011, investigated urban South Africans’ perceptions of the quality of their water and the factors that influence these perceptions.It found that 81 percent of urban South Africans from all income levels perceive their tap water to be safe to drink. This concurs with international studies which found that most people in countries with a reliable water supply perceived tap water as having a low safety risk.South African water institutions are considered to provide some of the highest quality of drinking or potable water in the world.The survey covered adults aged 16 years and older from all race groups. A random sample of 2 437 urban households was drawn.Younger people more positiveThe study also found that women were significantly less confident about the safety of tap water than men. Women were also more likely than men to boil or filter drinking water, and more inclined than men to drink only bottled water.Younger people between the ages of 16 and 34 were more positive about the safety of drinking water than older people.Consumers in the metro municipalities perceived their tap water to be significantly safer to drink than consumers in other urban municipalities.Consumers in eThekwini Metro (Durban) had the highest consumer confidence in the safety of their tap water, whereas consumers in Mangaung Metro (Bloemfontein) had the least confidence.Consumers of non-metro municipalities in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces had the lowest confidence in the safety of their tap water.Factors influencing perceptionsThere was a wide range of factors which determined consumers’ perceptions about the safety of drinking water, the main ones being the appearance of the water, its taste and smell, and people’s bodily reactions to it.A very small percentage of the population based their perception of the safety of tap water on what they heard or read in the media.The leader of the survey, Dr Sarah Slabbert, said: “Although the scope of this study was small, it provides a baseline within which to compare future studies.“It also gives the water sector and its stakeholders an understanding of how South Africans perceive the quality of drinking water. The findings have several implications for policy, management and further research.”The director for water use and waste management at the Water Research Commission, Jay Bhagwan, said the perception that tap water was clean and safe to drink and regularly tested was a major indicator of good municipal service.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgFormer Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday hit out at the BJP government at the Centre, saying the way it had worked in a negative manner on India’s history it could endanger country’s freedom again.“..our nation attained freedom years back in which the Congress party had a great role to play…but the way the BJP government during the last four-and-a-half years had been working in a negative manner on India’s history, it could endanger the country’s freedom once again,” said Mr. Singh at the relaunch of Navjivan, the Hindi newspaper of Associated Journals Limited (AJL) here.Mr. Singh said: “I appeal to people across the country that they should understand that this (BJP) government is taking the country in the wrong direction. People need to put up a fight.”Congress president Rahul Gandhi also lashed out at the Modi government for “failing to address the concerns of farmers and the youth of the country”.“The country is in the grip of anger, and it’s rising..the reason behind this is the fact that the BJP government is not able to give jobs to the youth and this is the key challenge before the government,” he said, adding that government was completely indifferent towards farmers’ problems as well.Mr. Gandhi said: “Farmers for them (BJP) is a liability. But I want to tell them that without farmers the country won’t move ahead – be it 21st or 22nd century. It’s absolutely clear that without food security and farmers prosperous future, the country can’t move forward.”“Institutions such as the Army, media and judiciary across the country are being used by the Prime Minister for political gains, putting the country’s independence under threat,” he said.‘Atmosphere of fear’ Mr. Gandhi said an atmosphere of fear has been created in the country, the media industry was being threatened and suppressed by the BJP. “The BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh don’t want to listen or read anything against them. The media should write and present facts without fear. Congress is always ready to face criticism and correct ourself if we are wrong – that is the difference between us (Congress) and them (BJP),” said Mr. Gandhi.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu did not attend the event as both were unwell.last_img read more


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first_imgSome members of upper caste families allegedly threw stones and used foul language when a marriage procession of a Dalit family was passing through their locality in S. Gunduribadi village under the Sorada block in Odisha’s Ganjam district last Wednesday, according to Bainath Naik, a Dalit.Some Dalits in the procession were injured and taken to MKCG Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Since then, the Dalit families are facing threats and have been ostracised in the village, added Mr. Naik.Dalits are a minority in this village — only 40 families as against around 350 upper caste families. ‘Met IGP’ On Saturday (April 27), a delegation of these Dalit families reached the office of the Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, in Berhampur to lodge a complaint. They allege that although they had informed the police about the possibility of an attack during the marriage procession, no security had been provided.Peasants’ organisation All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha has come out in their support. AIKMS State committee member Pratap Naik said police officers were pressuring the complainants to change the FIR. The aggrieved families alleged that the police have not yet arrested the main accused, but have started framing ‘false’ cases and arresting local Dalits.Mass stir planned AIKMS national secretary Bhala Chandra Sadangi has threatened a mass movement in Ganjam district if strict action was not taken against the accused.last_img read more



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first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Azkals now have full squad Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We’ll come out [ready].”But Cone pointed out that the schedule change is not something to complain about, even after having to cut short his US vacation.“The idea of being a member of this group [with that] fan base overrules any inconveniences that we may have,” he said. “We’re going deep into our two-a-days (practices).”As a matter of fact, Cone is having a bit of a throwback fun.“We haven’t gone this hard in our two-a-days since during the ‘90s,” he said shortly after their second session at Upper Deck gym in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “The league tapped us suddenly to play in the opening game at the Philippine Arena,” Tim Cone told reporters on Friday, confirming an earlier Inquirer report. “I told the guys that’s the curse and blessing of being a member of Ginebra.”“You’re going to be asked to do things because of your popularity and your fan base that other teams are not going to be asked of,” he said, adding that the league initially slated Ginebra to debut in Guam on Jan. 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionBut with the Kings now playing six days earlier, Cone has had to cram and push his players hard to get in competitive form.“We thought we’re coming back in the 19th so we extended our [break] a little bit, give our guys extended rest. But now we’re rushing to get ready for the 13th,” Cone said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeing the PBA’s most beloved franchise has it’s perks: There’s a ready sixth man pushing the team every game from jam-packed stands.But then, there’s also the drawbacks.ADVERTISEMENT “These guys are experiencing what’s it like to play for me when I was a young coach—when I wanted to kill people,” Cone added in jest.Ginebra’s opponent in the opening is still to be revealed.The curtain-raiser for league’s 44th season marks the second time the PBA will tip off at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. In 2014, 52,612 fans trooped to the venue to watch rookie Manny Pacquiao debut for Kia and play against Blackwater. Ginebra top-billed the event with TNT.The Leo Awards, where the previous season’s top individual performers will be feted, will also be mounted during the opening rites.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


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first_imgTouch Football Victoria’s 2013/14 VT League season will commence this Sunday, 10 November, with a big day of games to start the season. Each team will play three games on Sunday at Elwood Park, with round games continuing weekly until mid-February, with finals to follow.The season will feature a combination of Friday night games at Albert Park as well as Sunday mornings at Elwood. The Melbourne City Lions will be hopeful of retaining the Club Championship title after taking out two titles, the Women’s and Mixed, in the 2012/13 season. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013/14 VT League, please visit the following websites and social media pages:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.auwww.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria www.twitter.com/touchfootyvicInstagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Victoria’  2012/13 VT League ResultsMixed Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Melbourne University Northern Blacks 6 Women’s Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Bayside Vipers 4          Men’s Final Bayside Vipers 7 defeated Western Dodgers 3 Club Championship – Melbourne City LionsRelated Links2013/14 VT Leaguelast_img read more


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first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We won’t underestimate Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says they won’t underestimate Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.Klopp offered a nod to Newcastle’s financial situation when it comes to transfer restraints.He said: “I don’t know too much about Newcastle, from time to time I read a little bit.”Nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players, but Rafa is too experienced to carry that for a full season.”Meanwhile they are really settled, in a good moment result-wise.”It was always difficult to play against them.”Newcastle give us a lot to think about, the crosses with Rondon in the box.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgHouston players run our onto the field on game day.YouTube/UHAthleticsMany had high expectations for Tom Herman as head coach. As became very apparent this season, Herman was instrumental in turning Ohio State into an offensive juggernaut despite all kinds of injury issues at quarterback last season. I don’t know that anyone realistically thought Herman would elevate Houston to this level in just one year, though. At 12-1, with an AAC title under their belt, the Cougars are off to the Peach Bowl for a New Year’s Eve showdown with ACC powerhouse Florida State. Houston fans shouldn’t need any help getting excited for this one, but just in case, Houston put together a quick 30 second teaser trailer for the game, and it is quite epic.The Cougs and ‘Noles kick off in Atlanta at noon on December 31.last_img


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first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies reporting major news:TD Bank Group (TSX:TD). Down 12 cents to $73.48. TD Bank beat expectations as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $2.96 billion, up from $2.71 billion in the same quarter a year ago. The profit amounted to $1.58 per diluted share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $1.42 per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, TD says it earned $1.63 per share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $1.36 per share a year ago. Thomson Reuters Eikon says analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.62 per share.CIBC (TSX:CM). Down $3.73 or 3.2 per cent to $112.46. CIBC reported a higher fourth-quarter profit compared with a year ago, but fell shy of market expectations. The Toronto-based bank said Thursday the profit amounted to $1.27 billion or $2.80 per diluted share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up from $1.16 billion or $2.59 per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $3 per diluted share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.81 per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $3.04 for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up 41 cents to $28.65. The airline is cancelling its Hamilton-Montreal route amid sluggish sales from business travellers, announcing the move in a newspaper ad just one month after ramping up flights between the two cities. Direct flights will scale down to once daily from three as of Jan. 9, and stop completely after March 30. Air Canada Jazz, which provides regional service for the carrier, returned to Hamilton after an eight-year absence in May 2016, targeting business travellers looking for same-day return trips and recreational passengers hopscotching from Montreal to other destinations.Bonterra Energy Corp. (TSX:BNE). Down 82 cents or 9.9 per cent to $7.46. Bonterra is slashing its monthly dividend to a penny per share due to the drop in oil prices. The energy company says the new rate will apply to its November dividend, which is payable on Dec. 31. Bonterra had been paying a monthly dividend of 10 cents per share. The company says it is taking the steps to protect its balance sheet and prudently manage its debt, dividend and capital spending. Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up four cents, or 1.88 per cent, to $2.17 on 13.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 40 cents, or 5.06 per cent, to $7.51 on 9.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up four cents, or one per cent, to $4.03 on 8.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 10 cents, or 1.09 per cent, to $9.25 on 6.4 million shares.ARC Resources Ltd. (TSX:ARX). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $9.15 on 6.1 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Up $1.09, or 3.37 per cent, to $33.45 on 5.8 million shares.center_img Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,194.04, up 22.79 points).last_img read more