26 August 2011Numerous jobs and business opportunities will arise as the government designs programmes favouring renewable energy and energy efficiency.This was the key message of a workshop for women entrepreneurs hosted by the Department of Energy in Durban on Thursday.Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson told workshop delegates that initiatives such as the drive to instal solar water geysers would give South African women an opportunity to participate in the installation and maintenance processes.China has committed to training women in the installation of solar water geysers. “Once trained, these women will return to start their own enterprises or join other entrepreneurs in this area while training more women,” Thompson said.Funding, judging from the workshop, is one of the biggest problems facing women trying to break into the energy industry. Numberous delegates told stories of not being able to access finance to buy petrol stations or engage in other energy projects.Integrated Resources PlanThompson said the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), approved by Cabinet in March this year, pays close attention to South Africa’s changing energy needs.“It talks to the importance of access to energy and an energy mix benefiting the designated groups, especially women.”The plan also seeks to stimulate local manufacturing capacity for the “green” economy, and Thompson encouraged the women also to consider opportunities in the manufacturing of energy products.Thoko Gulube, a representative from Women in Oil and Energy South Africa (WOESA), told BuaNews that skills shortages and finance rank among the most significant challenges that women face when they approach WOESA.“It’s important to get young females to acquire hard skills and study manufacturing and project management,” Gulube said.WOESA, an NGO, helps women who are in the oil, gas and renewable energy businesses, providing training and networking opportunities.Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment InitiativeThe department also wants to ensure that women start connecting to promote the use of clean energy. Earlier this week, the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E).C3E, said Thompson, aims to inspire young women to purse clean energy-related studies, and to provide real-life, hands-on experience through team research opportunities in partnership with academic institutions.“The participation of women at this event was excellent and I am confident it has laid a solid basis that will increase the footprint of women in the energy sector.”The government’s Integrated National Electrification programme had been yielding positive results, Thompson said. In 2010, 5 000 jobs were created nationwide and women benefitted from this programme, said Thompson.“Through this programme, we are focusing on access for rural areas,” she said, adding that the department was looking into establishing Integrated Energy Centres in rural areas.Source: BuaNews
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APTN National NewsIt was a crime that shocked all of Canada.It’s been almost one year since Tina Fontaine’s body -wrapped up in a plastic bag- was pulled from a Winnipeg river.Now – her brother says the teen was pregnant at the time of her death.Today, Dennis Ward spoke with him as he reflects back on Tina’s death and his own struggles.And a warning, this report contains graphic language and firstname.lastname@example.org
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IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government.Representational image | ReutersWest Bengal is on high alert after an Intel agency has warned of the possibility of terror attacks on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Sunday, May 12. The warnings came ahead of the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections which is on Sunday. The alerts issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) states that a possible fidayeen attack might be carried out by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (ISIS).Along with the warning, IB mentioned that the attacks might be carried out in Hindu or Buddhist temples by fidayeen, who could be impersonating as a pregnant lady in undivided Bengal – which includes India’s eastern state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government. According to sources in the intel agency, the attack might take place in West Bengal or Bangladesh, reports Zee News.In the aftermath of the Sri Lanka attacks, Bengal should take precautionary measures to avoid the sort of unpleasant events that have unfolded in the neighbourhood.The West Bengal Police has reportedly beefed up security across the Hindu and Buddhist temples in and other parts of the state after receiving inputs from the Intel agency.On April 27, a Bengali poster was released by a pro-Islamic State Telegram channel which had these two words – “SHIGHROI ASCHHE [coming soon]”. International Business Times had reported the story on the given date. The poster was reportedly hugely circulated and also had the logo of a group named Al-Mursalat.Earlier, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) came under scanner for possibly carrying out Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The NTJ had close links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India unit. Sri Lankan state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene had earlier said the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India (JMI), a unit of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, may have had a role in Sunday’s bombings.However, there is very little information on JMI’s activities in India. But, there have been several reports that indicate its presence in India. In February, two members of the JMB were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. Close United Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713577/united-nations-declares-jaish-e-mohammad-chief-masood-azhar-global-terrorist.jpgUnited Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes IN https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713577/united-nations-declares-jaish-e-mohammad-chief-masood-azhar-global-terrorist.jpgUnited Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes IN
To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art – was the basic concept of Healing Recipes – Back to Roots, an event held in the Capital recently to unveil a platform that advocates sustainability and wellness. It is an event where people will get to interact with Ayurvedic doctors and chefs, attend specially curated master classes, explore local cuisine, learn the trick of growing vegetables and spices organically, and master the art of making gourmet meals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith an experience of 120 years, the experts at Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village, and some of the leading culinary minds, designed Healing Recipes – Back to Roots, in an attempt to make people realise how food can be their biggest investment for happiness and wellness.Speaking at the event, Chef Manjit Singh Gill said, “Food is the most important investment that we make every day, and yet in modern times we see food being defined as ‘junk’ and ‘unhealthy’. A thought I completely disagree with. How can something that heals and nourishes be harmful? Hence, it is imperative that food should be well balanced with the six tastes i.e. sweet, astringent, sour, salty, pungent and bitter.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGita Ramesh, Jt. Managing Director, Kairali Group added: “Healthy food is what is prepared with love, is fresh, eaten in a proper environment and is non-toxic. The first chapter of Healing Recipes – Back To Roots is a conscious effort at food sustainability.”Talking about the need for platforms that supports sustainability and wellness, Chef Vikas Seth added: “Healing Recipes… is a window into the world of food for chefs and others alike to experience the various culinary trends that have held centre-stage in the past five years. Food is divinity. It is not the ingredients that make food unhealthy, but it is the cooking technique that makes it unhealthy. Healing Recipes is an exciting journey that starts from the farm and culminates as a breathtaking dish on the plate. It is an opportunity to discover the wonders of food, philosophies and the culture of tastes,” said Madhulika Dash, Curator and Co-Founder, Healing Recipes.The idea behind this is to create a fascinating platform that brings forth ancient food wisdom and philosophy presented through modern culinary practices. They believe, ‘if it does not give you goodness, it is not good food’.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday requested everyone to follow traffic rules and not to do anything illegal.Speaking on the occasion of the third anniversary of the launch of the highly-successful Safe Drive, Save Life (SDSL) project, Banerjee said: “We have launched the Safe Drive Save Life project across the state. We have completed three years of the project and today (Monday) is its third anniversary.” After flagging off a rally by the Kolkata Police to celebrate the event, she informed that the accident percentage has gone down considerably since the inception of the project. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also announced that the Kolkata Police Hospital will be merged with SSKM Hospital and half of its beds will be available for general people. According to Banerjee, from now on doctors of SSKM Hospital will treat patients of the Kolkata Police Hospital as the government has decided to merge it with the former. Also, 50 percent of the Police Hospital’s beds will be made open for the general public. She also stated that after her government had introduced the project with an intention to create awareness about the rules of the road and how to stay safe, the accident percentage has gone down by 35 percent in Kolkata alone. She also informed that during 2016, a total of 407 people had died due to road accidents across the Kolkata Police jurisdiction. But after commencement of the SDSL, the number of deaths has come down to 294 during the year 2018. “The percentage of accidents and deaths has also come down across the state. Compared to 2016, death and accident percentage has gone down by 17 percent and 27 percent respectively in 2018. Police are doing a good job. Odisha and Jharkhand are also following our project and using the same name,” she added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Chief Minister has also instructed the cops to continue with the naka checking which was started a month ago after former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta was harassed by a few errant bikers. She stated that everybody must follow the traffic norms and bikers must wear helmets to save themselves. Banerjee also told that police personnel not to harass anyone unnecessarily. She also praised the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police for their relentless efforts to keep roads smooth for traffic movement across the year despite all odds. Before she flagged of a rally by the traffic sergeants at Harish Mukherjee Street and Benninandan Street Crossing, she visited injured constable Tapan Oraon at the Kolkata Police Hospital who on June 2 night tried to intercept an errant biker in front of a shopping mall on Syed Amir Ali Avenue. Banerjee praised Oraon’s sincerity while doing his duty. After a brief interaction with him, Banerjee handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 as a reward. She also interacted with other patients in the ward and wished them a speedy recovery.