Share This!Welcome to your one-stop shop for our news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando, and more.This week at Walt Disney World, with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, the start of the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and a holiday weekend should have been the perfect storm of crowds and chaos, but an impending actual storm put a damper on crowds with easy access to most attractions as many guests chose to leave early or delay their trips.As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, we send our best to all cast members and area residents. Stay safe!Hurricane DorianInitial Information on Hurricane Dorian.Hurricane Dorian Update #1Hurricane Dorian Update #2Epcot construction prep for Dorian.Walt Disney World News of the WeekThe Great Irish Hooley is returning to Raglan Road.There’s so much Food & Wine merchandise!Check out this year’s Food & Wine Dooney & Bourke bags.It’s La Cava Del Tequila’s 10th Anniversary.There’s NEW Food & Wine merchandise.There’s a new Cider Bar in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot for the Food & Wine Festival .How to maximize your Food & Wine experience? Go left.Here’s what happened at WDW Galaxy’s Edge on opening day.There were Galaxy’s Edge opening day limited release pins, tees, and more.More news about Galaxy’s Edge merchandise at Walt Disney World.Yes, we did get to Hollywood Studios at 4:00 a.m. to show you Galaxy’s Edge on opening day.There are lots of Star Wars-themed snacks at DHS to celebrate Galaxy’s Edge.VIDEO: This is what we knew about Galaxy’s Edge prior to opening day. There are Orlando Magical Dining Month specials at Maria & Enzo’s.Here are tips on handling the weather at Galaxy’s Edge. Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club has a breakfast buffet with a twist.TSA momentarily banned Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles. (Spoiler Alert: They changed their minds.)Here’s a first look at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season at Disney World!Here’s Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.Applications are opening soon for the Disney Parks Moms Panel.VIDEO: Brian recaps ALL the news from last week’s D23 Disney fan event.WDW Galaxy’s Edge offered a virtual queue.Wine Bar George is offering a Magical Dining Menu.There’s a treasure trove of souvenirs at the Yacht Club resort.Tickets are now on sale for the new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs.We talk Annual Passes with Jen Lefforge on the TouringPlans podcast.Are WDW and DCL worth the risk during hurricane season?New Concept Art for Reflections – A Disney Lakeside LodgeHere are details for the upcoming Star Wars hotel.Disney’s Genie will help guests plan trips.Upon refurbishment, Epcot will have themed neighborhoods.Here’s the scoop on Epcot’s World of Nature neighborhood.Here’s the news about Epcot’s World of Discovery.And there will be a World of Celebration at Epcot.Spaceship Earth will undergo a massive refurbishment.New lands are coming to Epcot.Now we know more about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Everything You Need to Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers RunHere are tips for gluten-sensitive dining at the Epcot Food & Wine festival.The new NBA Experience at Disney Springs has some hits and misses.Disneyland News of the WeekThis is what to expect from the upcoming Avengers Campus at California Adventure. A new parade is coming to Disneyland.VIDEO: Top 5 Rides in Disneyland (But Not Found in Walt Disney World)Disney Cruise LineHere’s a first look at Disney’s second private island.The first of Disney’s new cruise ships has a name! Universal Florida News of the WeekUltimate Halloween Horror Nights 29 Guide, Part 1: PlanningUltimate Halloween Horror Nights 29 Guide, Part 2: TouringMerchandiseLimited edition SHAG designer ears are now available.Dress to impress with this Vader dress.Here’s a MagicBand you can sink your teeth into.These princess shirts have us saying, “What??”There’s clothing for those with Star Wars spirit.Derek’s Disney Outlet report never disappoints!Fun Stuff!The Saturday Six looks at D23 announcements via memes.The Week AheadIf you’re planning to the visit to the parks soon, here’s what’s going on this week.The week ahead at Walt Disney WorldThe week ahead at DisneylandThe week ahead at Universal OrlandoThe week ahead on Disney Cruise LineSave time! Save money! Have fun! For complete access to all of our great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, customizable Touring Plans, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE, subscribe to TouringPlans.com.For the latest news on all things Disney and Universal, follow our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’re looking for travel gear, visit the TouringPlans Amazon Store to see the items TouringPlans staff travels with.
The 2014 WIAA boys soccer playoffs kicked off with regional semifinals in four divisions on Tuesday, Oct. 14.Winners advance to regional finals on Thursday, Oct. 16.Sectionals are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 25, with the survivors moving on to the 2014 WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Park in Milwaukee on Oct. 30-Nov. 1.Here is a look at the regional results and schedule:2014 WIAA State Boys Soccer TournamentDivision 1Sectional 1Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Eau Claire Memorial 7, No. 8 Superior 0No. 5 D.C. Everest 3, No. 4 Chippewa Falls 0No. 3 Stevens Point 3, No. 6 Wausau West 0No. 2 Hudson 9, No. 7 Eau Claire North 0No. 1 Kimberly 11, No. 8 Appleton East 0No. 4 Appleton North 3, No. 5 De Pere 1No. 3 Green Bay Preble 4, No. 6 Appleton West 1No. 2 Bay Port 3, No. 7 Wisconsin Rapids 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 5 D.C. Everest at No. 1 Eau Claire Memorial, 4 p.m.No. 3 Stevens Point at No. 2 Hudson, 7 p.m.No. 4 Appleton North at No. 1 Kimberly, 7 p.m.No. 3 Green Bay Preble at No. 2 Bay Port, 7 p.m.Sectional 4Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Milwaukee Marquette 10, No. 8 Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Juneau 0No. 5 Cudahy/St. Francis 2, No. 4 Greenfield 0No. 3 Muskego 7, No. 6 Milwaukee South 3No. 2 Milwaukee Bradley/Bay View/Carmen 3, No. 7 Milwaukee Hamilton 0No. 1 Kenosha Tremper 5, No. 8 Racine Horlick 0No. 4 Kenosha Indian Trail 2, No. 5 Racine Park 1No. 3 Oak Creek 2, No. 6 Franklin 1No. 2 Racine Case 3, No. 7 Kenosha Bradford 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 5 Cudahy/St. Francis at No. 1 Milwaukee Marquette, 7 p.m.No. 3 Muskego at No. 2 Milwaukee Bradley/Bay View/Carmen, 4 p.m.No. 4 Kenosha Indian Trail at No. 1 Kenosha Tremper, 5 p.m.No. 3 Oak Creek at No. 2 Racine Case, 4 p.m.Sectional 2Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Menomonee Falls 4, No. 8 Manitowoc 1No. 4 Neenah 2, No. 5 Hartford 1No. 6 Germantown 3, No. 3 Oshkosh West 2No. 2 Sheboygan North 3, No. 7 Fond du Lac 1No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead 11, No. 8 Milwaukee Washington 0No. 4 Oconomowoc 2, No. 5 Mequon Homestead 1No. 3 Brookfield Central 5, No. 6 Milwaukee King 0No. 2 Sussex Hamilton 10, No. 7 Milwaukee Riverside 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Neenah at No. 1 Menomonee Falls, 7 p.m.No. 6 Germantown at No. 2 Sheboygan North, 7 p.m.No. 4 Oconomowoc at No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead, 4:30 p.m.No. 3 Brookfield Central at No. 2 Sussex Hamilton, 7 p.m.Sectional 3Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Madison West 9, No. 16 West Allis Central 1No. 8 Madison East 4, No. 9 Lake Geneva Badger 2No. 5 Kettle Moraine 5, No. 12 Mukwonago 0No. 4 Verona 4, No. 13 Waukesha South 0No. 14 West Allis Hale 3, No. 3 Middleton 2No. 6 Beloit Memorial 5, No. 11 Janesville Craig 1No. 10 Madison La Follette at No. 7 Sun Prairie, 7 p.m.No. 2 Madison Memorial 9, No. 15 Janesville Parker 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 8 Madison East at No. 1 Madison West (Warner Park), 7:30 p.m.No. 5 Kettle Moraine at No. 4 Verona (Reddan Park), 7 p.m.No. 14 West Allis Hale at No. 6 Beloit Memorial, 7 p.m.Sun Prairie-La Follette winner at No. 2 Madison Memorial (Warner Park), 4 p.m.Division 2Sectional 1Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 New Richmond 1, No. 8 Menomonie 0 (forfeit)No. 4 Tomah 2, No. 5 Holmen 2 (Tomah won shootout 4-1)No. 3 Onalaska 3, No. 6 La Crosse Central 1No. 2 River Falls 9, No. 7 La Crosse Logan 0No. 1 Pulaski 9, No. 8 Menasha 3No. 5 Rhinelander 4, No. 4 Marshfield 3No. 3 Wausau East 4, No. 6 Shawano 0No. 2 Hortonville 4, No. 7 Merrill 1Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Tomah at No. 1 New Richmond, 4 p.m.No. 3 Onalaska at No. 2 River Falls, 4 p.m.No. 5 Rhinelander at No. 1 Pulaski, 6:30 p.m.No. 3 Wausau East at No. 2 Hortonville, 7 p.m.Sectional 4Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Brookfield East 6, No. 8 Union Grove 0No. 5 Wauwatosa West at No. 4 New Berlin Eisenhower, 4 p.m.No. 3 Pewaukee 3, No. 6 New Berlin West 1No. 2 Waukesha West 4, No. 7 Waukesha North 0No. 1 Whitefish Bay 10, No. 8 South Milwaukee 0No. 4 Glendale Nicolet 3, No. 5 Whitnall 2No. 3 Wauwatosa East 3, No. 6 Milwaukee Reagan 2No. 2 Greendale 3, No. 7 Milwaukee Pius XI 2Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16Wauwatosa West-Eisenhower winner at No. 1 Brookfield East, 7 p.m.No. 3 Pewaukee at No. 2 Waukesha West, 7:30 p.m.No. 4 Glendale Nicolet at No. 1 Whitefish Bay, 7 p.m.No. 3 Wauwatosa East at No. 2 Greendale, 7 p.m.Sectional 2Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Green Bay East 4, No. 8 Green Bay West 2No. 5 Green Bay Southwest 2, No. 4 Ashwaubenon 0No. 3 West De Pere 4, No. 6 Kaukauna 0No. 2 Oshkosh North 6, No. 7 Manitowoc Roncalli/Two Rivers 3No. 1 Cedarburg 2, No. 8 Beaver Dam 0No. 4 West Bend West 2, No. 5 West Bend East 0No. 3 Slinger 6, No. 6 Sheboygan South 0No. 7 Port Washington 1, No. 2 Watertown 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 1 Green Bay East at No. 5 Green Bay Southwest, 7 p.m.No. 3 West De Pere at No. 2 Oshkosh North, 7 p.m.No. 4 West Bend West at No. 1 Cedarburg, 7 p.m.No. 7 Port Washington at No. 3 Slinger, 7 p.m.Sectional 3Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Oregon 8, No. 8 Reedsburg 0No. 5 DeForest 3, No. 4 Portage/Poynette 0No. 6 Waunakee 1, No. 3 Baraboo 1 (Waunakee wins shootout 4-3)No. 2 Sauk Prairie 3, No. 7 Monona Grove 0No. 1 Milton 3, No. 8 Burlington 0No. 4 Wilmot 2, No. 5 Waterford 0No. 3 Stoughton 2, No. 6 Westosha Central 0No. 2 Elkhorn 3, No. 7 Fort Atkinson 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 5 DeForest at No. 1 Oregon, 7 p.m.No. 6 Waunakee at No. 2 Sauk Prairie, 7 p.m.No. 4 Wilmot at No. 1 Milton, 7 p.m.No. 3 Stoughton at No. 2 Elkhorn, 7 p.m.Division 3Sectional 1Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Rice Lake 16, No. 8 Hayward 0No. 4 Arcadia/Independence 2, No. 5 Osceola 0No. 3 Amery 3, No. 6 Somerset 1No. 2 Baldwin-Woodville 10, No. 7 Spooner 0No. 1 Ashland 11, No. 8 Antigo 0No. 4 Medford 5, No. 5 Clintonville 1No. 3 Waupaca 5, No. 6 Mosinee 0No. 2 Lakeland 10, No. 7 Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia/Rosholt 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Arcadia/Independence at No. 1 Rice Lake, 7 p.m.No. 3 Amery at No. 2 Baldwin-Woodville, 4 p.m.No. 4 Medford at No. 1 Ashland, 4 p.m.No. 3 Waupaca at No. 2 Lakeland, 7 p.m.Sectional 4Regional quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 11No. 8 Kewaskum 2, No. 9 North Fond du Lac 0Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 8 Kewaskum at No. 1 Grafton, 7 p.m. (Oct. 15)No. 4 Brown Deer 5, No. 5 Milwaukee Messmer 1No. 3 Shorewood 9, No. 6 Waupun 1No. 2 Milwaukee Lutheran 11, No. 7 Milwaukee School of Languages 0No. 1 Delavan-Darien 10, No. 8 East Troy 0No. 4 Milwaukee St. Anthony 4, No. 5 Whitewater 1No. 3 Big Foot/Williams Bay 6, No. 6 Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 1No. 2 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 8, No. 7 Wisconsin Lutheran 1Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Brown Deer vs. Grafton-Kewaskum winner, TBANo. 3 Shorewood at No. 2 Milwaukee Lutheran, 6 p.m.No. 4 Milwaukee St. Anthony at No. 1 Delavan-Darien, 7 p.m.No. 3 Big Foot/Williams Bay vs. No. 2 Waukesha Catholic Memorial at Waukesha South, 7 p.m.Sectional 2Regional quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 11No. 17 Denmark 1, No. 16 Wrightstown 0Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Appleton Xavier 11, No. 17 Denmark 0No. 8 New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 1, No. 9 Fox Valley Lutheran 0No. 5 Plymouth 4, No. 12 Berlin 1No. 4 Luxemburg-Casco 5, No. 13 Ripon 0No. 14 Little Chute at No. 3 Seymour, 4 p.m. (Oct. 15)No. 6 Winneconne 6, No. 11 Sheboygan Falls 1No. 7 New London 4, No. 10 Freedom 1No. 2 Green Bay Notre Dame 8, No. 15 Marinette 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 8 New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah at No. 1 Appleton Xavier, 4 p.m.No. 5 Plymouth at No. 4 Luxemburg-Casco, 4 p.m.No. 6 Winneconne vs. Seymour-Little Chute winner, TBANo. 7 New London at No. 2 Green Bay Notre Dame, 5 p.m.Sectional 3Regional quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 11No. 8 Dodgeville/Mineral Point 3, No. 9 Edgerton 2Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Lodi 5, No. 8 Mauston 1No. 4 McFarland 4, No. 5 Sparta 1No. 3 River Valley 3, No. 6 West Salem 1No. 2 Madison Edgewood 10, No. 7 Wisconsin Dells 1No. 1 Mount Horeb 9, No. 8 Dodgeville/Mineral Point 0No. 4 Platteville/Lancaster 3, No. 5 Monroe 2No. 6 Cambridge/Deerfield vs. No. 3 Belleville/New Glarus at Verona (Reddan Park), 4 p.m. (Oct. 15)No. 7 Jefferson at No. 2 Evansville, 6 p.m. (Oct. 15)Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 McFarland at No. 1 Lodi, 7 p.m.No. 3 River Valley vs. No. 2 Madison Edgewood at Verona (Reddan Park), 4 p.m.No. 4 Platteville/Lancaster at No. 1 Mount Horeb, 6 p.m.Division 4Sectional 1Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Barron 2, No. 8 Cumberland 0No. 4 Northland Pines 6, No. 5 Wausau Newman Catholic 3No. 3 Phillips 10, No. 6 Three Lakes 0No. 2 Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis 8, No. 7 Washburn 0No. 1 Stevens Point Pacelli 8, No. 8 Northland Lutheran 0No. 4 Gresham/Bowler 3, No. 5 Wautoma 2No. 3 La Crosse Aquinas 2, No. 6 Tri-County 0No. 2 Marshfield Columbus Catholic 9, No. 7 Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Northland Pines at No. 1 Barron, 4 p.m.No. 3 Phillips at No. 2 Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis, 4 p.m.No. 4 Gresham/Bowler at No. 1 Stevens Point Pacelli, 7 p.m.No. 3 La Crosse Aquinas at No. 2 Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Griese Park), 4 p.m.Sectional 4Regional quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 11No. 8 Cedar Grove-Belgium 7, No. 9 Living Word Lutheran 5Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Kettle Moraine Lutheran 10, No. 8 Cedar Grove-Belgium 0No. 4 Howards Grove 5, No. 5 Random Lake 0No. 3 Oostburg 7, No. 6 Kohler 1No. 2 Sheboygan County Christian/Sheboygan Area Lutheran 6, No. 7 Ozaukee 0No. 1 Milwaukee St. Thomas More 10, No. 8 Milwaukee Heritage Christian 0No. 5 University School of Milwaukee 3, No. 4 Brookfield Academy 1No. 3 Lake Country Lutheran 5, No. 6 St. John’s Northwest Military Academy 0No. 2 Whitefish Bay Dominican 10, No. 7 University Lake 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Howards Grove at No. 1 Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 4 p.m.No. 3 Oostburg at No. 2 Sheboygan County/Sheboygan Area Lutheran, 4 p.m.No. 5 University School of Milwaukee at No. 1 Milwaukee St. Thomas More (MSOE), 3:30 p.m.No. 3 Lake Country Lutheran at No. 2 Whitefish Bay Dominican, 4 p.m.Sectional 2Regional quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 11No. 9 Lomira 2, No. 8 Mayville 1Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Sturgeon Bay byeNo. 4 Peshtigo 4, No. 5 Neenah St. Mary Central 3No. 6 Kewaunee vs. No. 3 Gibraltar/Sevastopol at Sturgeon Bay, 7 p.m. (Oct. 15)No. 2 Algoma 5, No. 7 Green Bay NEW Lutheran 2No. 1 Winnebago Lutheran 12, No. 9 Lomira 0No. 4 Oshkosh Lourdes 3, No. 5 Kiel 0No. 3 Central Wisconsin Christian 2, No. 6 Campbellsport 1No. 2 St. Lawrence Seminary 7, No. 7 Omro 1Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Peshtigo at No. 1 Sturgeon Bay, 7 p.m.Gibraltar/Sevastopol-Kewaunee winner at No. 2 Algoma, 7 p.m.No. 4 Oshkosh Lourdes at Winnebago Lutheran, 7 p.m.No. 3 Central Wisconsin Christian at No. 2 St. Lawrence Seminary, 4 p.m.Sectional 3Regional quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 11No. 8 Milwaukee Salam 3, No. 9 Williams Bay Faith Christian 0Regional semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 14No. 1 Lakeside Lutheran 10, No. 8 Richland Center 0No. 4 Watertown Luther Prep 3, No. 5 Wayland Academy 0No. 3 Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 3, No. 6 Prairie du Chien 2No. 2 Lake Mills 4, No. 7 Columbus 0No. 1 The Prairie School 10, No. 8 Milwaukee Salam 0No. 5 Shoreland Lutheran 3, No. 4 Greendale Martin Luther 2No. 3 Racine St. Catherine’s 3, No. 6 Racine Lutheran 0No. 2 Kenosha Christian Life 10, No. 7 Kenosha St. Joseph 0Regional finals, Thursday, Oct. 16No. 4 Watertown Luther Prep vs. No. 1 Lakeside Lutheran at Lake Mills, 7 p.m.No. 3 Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld at No. 2 Lake Mills, 7 p.m.No. 5 Shoreland Lutheran at No. 1 The Prairie School (Racine), 7 p.m.No. 3 Racine St. Catherine’s at No. 2 Kenosha Christian Life, 4 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11 February 2009The proposed adjustments to personal income tax schedules will provide middle and lower income earners with R13.6-billion in tax relief, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced on Wednesday.Delivering his 2009/10 Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town, Manuel said the adjustments to personal income tax would fully compensate South Africans for wage inflation.“The tax-free income threshold next year will be R54 200 for taxpayers below the age of 65 and R84 200 for those over 65,” he said.The tax-free threshold for the 2009/10 tax year will effectively increase from R46 000 for those below the age of 65, to R54 200.The revised estimate for tax collection for 2008/09 is R14.2-billion, which is less than the National Treasury planned in its 2008 Budget, he said.“For the year ahead, the main budget revenue estimate is R50-billion lower than we projected in February last year, against the background of slower growth, depressed trade and declining company profits.”Tax relief is also proposed for companies that invest in energy-efficient technology, with an additional allowance of 15 percent, on condition that there is proof of the resulting energy efficiencies as certified by the Energy Efficiency Agency.The minister, on the basis of a letter sent as part of the “Tips for Trevor” initiative, said he had also proposed a tax on companies using incandescent light bulbs, in an effort to get people to make use of energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.Taxes on petrol and diesel will increase by 40.5 and 41.5 cents per litre respectively, the minister announced, adding that road users would have to fork out an additional 23 cents and 24 cents per litre as well for fuel levies.“As road-users know, there is a substantial increase in spending on maintenance and construction under way, and we still face a heavy burden of road accidents and associated compensation claims.“These are costs that have to be covered, and so there will be increases of 17.5 cents in the road accident fund levy.”As per the 2009/10 Budget proposals, a packet of cigarettes will now cost 88 cents more, a 750ml bottle of natural wine will cost 10.5 cents more, a 340ml can of beer will cost 7 cents more, and a 750ml bottle of liquor such as whiskey will cost consumers R3.21 more, he announced.Manuel said that after discussions with both organised labour and the mining industry, and taking into account the impact of the economic slowdown on the mining industry, he proposed that the new mining royalties regime be deferred to 2010.“This provides a boost to the industry of about R1.8-billion [which would have been paid to government], which will assist in minimising job losses,” he said.Source: BuaNews
Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi exchanging thoughts with LOC CEO Danny Jordaan at the Green Goal 2010 Programme launch. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)The recently launched Green Goal 2010 Programme is helping South Africa ensure that next year’s Fifa World Cup is an environment-friendly event.The programme was spearheaded by the country’s Department of Environmental Affairs and the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and made public on 26 November at Safa House, the LOC’s headquarters, in Johannesburg.At the launch representatives from the nine host cities, the LOC and the department signed a pledge to support Green Goal’s objectives of minimising waste, reducing harmful fuel emissions, promoting energy efficiency and conserving water.Government, especially at a local level, has committed to boost its services and community involvement to see these objectives realised.Waste and water managementTo manage waste effectively the LOC and host cities will use biodegradable packaging for takeaway food and drinks, and provide different bins to separate recyclable and non-recyclable litter at the fan parks and stadiums.Measures will also be taken to ensure there is responsible water consumption during the tournament, so South Africans won’t be affected in the future, said Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the Department of Environmental Affairs’ deputy minister.At the stadiums all urinals will be water-free, operating instead with hygienic, replaceable cartridges connected to drainpipes. Rain or run-off water will be used during cleaning.Government has promised to collect waste efficiently and regularly and ensure that potable water and electricity supply is uninterrupted at stadiums and public viewing areas.“The World Cup can … create awareness about the environment, leading to changed behavioural patterns and reduced consumption of resources such as water, electricity and fuel – as well as biodiversity protection,” Mabudafhasi said.South Africa’s Green Goal partners include Fifa, Eskom, the Central Energy Fund, local businesses and countries such as Norway, UK, Denmark and Germany.“These stakeholders are committed to a national drive to ensure the event does not leave a legacy of negative environmental impact,” Mabudafhasi added.More trees for SAEfforts are already underway to plant more trees across the country for 2010.The City of Johannesburg, which will host big 2010 games like the opening and final match at Soccer City, has undertaken to plant 200 000 trees for the tournament.“We have planted 187 000 trees, on top of the 10-million trees the city already has,” said Jenny Moodley, spokesperson of City Parks which manages Johannesburg’s cemeteries, open green areas, street trees and conserved spaces.“We have been planting trees all over,” said Mabudafhasi.Cutting down on fuel emissionsThe biggest concern about the much-anticipated World Cup is that it will increase South Africa’s carbon footprint dramatically.Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica told Parliament on 25 November that a feasibility study has shown the event will generate about 2.8-million tons of carbon emissions, almost 10 times the amount produced during the German World Cup in 2006.International air travel will account for 67% of the carbon footprint, according to the study which was commissioned by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Norwegian government.The department noted that Germany did not include air travel in its carbon footprint in 2006, and this addition for 2010 will significantly add to South Africa’s volumes.Most international visitors will have to fly to the country for the World Cup, unlike many in Germany who were able to drive in and out, LOC CEO Danny Jordaan said.“What’s different is that Germany is the centre of Europe … fans from the Netherlands and France simply drove to stadiums and returned home the same day,” he said.“We have identified a number of projects to offset our carbon footprint,” said Mabudafhasi.Sonjica recently announced that spectators will be encouraged to use bicycles to reduce fuel emissions during the tournament. She said at least three of the nine host cities will soon introduce bicycle lanes along routes leading to stadiums and other spectator sites.“The department will fund bicycle maintenance in these three host cities,” the minister said.Government is also hoping the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by getting more people to use public transport instead of congesting routes with private cars.Rea Vaya buses, part of Johannesburg’s BRT system, are already operational along many routes in the city and carry about 16 3000 passengers daily.There are also plans to implement the system in the host cities of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.As was done during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June, other modes of public transport such as taxis and trains will be promoted in 2010 to minimise the use of cars.A great, green spectacle“We envisage that the 2010 Fifa World Cup will be a great football event and, most importantly, it will be hosted under excellent environmental stewardship,” said Mabudafhasi.“[The World Cup] will be used to raise awareness of both local and global environmental issues … and will be used to lay a foundation and set new and higher standards for greening future events in South Africa,” she added.
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A Q&A with Myun Sook Kwon, President of Intel Korea: What Will Intel Bring to the Korea SDN/NFV Forum?
Q1: Intel is engaged in a number of SDN and NFV community and standards-developing organizations worldwide. What is the reasoning behind joining the new Korea SDN/NFV Forum?A1: Intel Korea is firmly committed to helping enable our local Korean partner ecosystem to fully participate and benefit from the transformation of the global networking industry towards software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Incorporating the latest SDN and NFV standards and open source technologies from initiatives such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, OpenFlow and others into a coherent, value-added and stable software platform is complex. Working with our partners in the Korea SDN/NFV Forum, we are hoping to contribute to reducing this complexity, thereby accelerating the usage of SDN and NFV in Korea itself as well as globally through the export solutions of the Korean ICT industry.Q2: What can Intel contribute to the Korea SDN/NFV Forum?A2: Intel has been at the forefront of SDN and NFV technology for more than five years. During that time, the company has invested in working with a wide range of technology partners to develop cutting-edge SDN/NFV hardware and software, as well the best practices for rapid deployment. This customer-centric expertise in architecting, developing and deploying SDN/NFV in cloud, enterprise data center and telecommunication networks is core to our contribution to the Korea SDN/NFV Forum.Another concrete example of our expertise is a deep level of experience in testing and validating SDN/NFV hardware and software solutions, which is an important component when developing credible proofs-of-concept (PoC) for the next generation of SDN/NFV software. In addition, Intel has been operating Intel Network Builders, an SDN/NFV ecosystem program for solution partners and end-users. Products / solutions developed by Korea SDN/NFV Forum members can be leveraged by the ecosystem members to promote their solutions globally.Q3: Are there any specific working groups within the Forum that Intel will focus on?A3: Intel plans to contribute to the success of all working groups with a focus on the standard technology, service PoC, policy development, and international relations working groups. Through the global Intel network, we are also aiming to assist in the collaboration of the Korea SDN/NFV Forum with other international organizations.Q4: What is Intel’s main goal for participating in the Korea SDN/NFV Forum in 2015?A4: Primarily, we want add value by helping the SDN/NFV Forum to get established and become a true source of SDN/NFV innovation for our partner ICT ecosystem here in Korea.
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Minister with responsibility for Information, Sen. Sandrea Falconer on Thursday, April 25, met with a team from the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) on the matter of protocols governing relations with the media and in particular the conduct of interviews with the Prime Minister.The PAJ was firm in its position that the Prime Minister was inaccessible to the media and again placed on record that Mrs. Simpson Miller has not done any major interview in the past 15 months. However, Minister Falconer pointed out that the Prime Minister was accessible and had in fact given several scheduled interviews including appearances at Jamaica House Media Briefings and many impromptu interviews.The meeting agreed that there must be respect in the interactions of journalists with the Prime Minister, with Minister Falconer reiterating government’s commitment to a free press.The meeting also discussed a range of proposals from both sides on improving the relations, with the PAJ agreeing to take a draft protocol to its membership for further discussion. It was agreed that the parties would hold follow up talks in the next two weeks with a view to finalizing revised procedures.The PAJ team was headed by veteran Journalist Wyvolyn Gager and included PAJ President, Jenni Campbell, Milton Walker, Naomi Francis, Rohan Powell, Irvin Forbes, and immediate past president Byron Buckley.The Minister was accompanied by members of the Prime Minister’s Support Unit and Head of the Minister’s Taskforce, Colin Campbell.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.opm.gov.jm
Housing cost and financing are high on the agenda of the Regional Housing Conference slated for October 18 to 20 at the Iberostar Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.Themed ‘Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation’, the conference will identify practical solutions and industry best practices to resolve the challenges facing the Caribbean housing sector.General Manager of the Jamaica Mortgage Bank and member of the conference committee, Courtney Wynter, told JIS News that the conference will present the opportunity to explore best practices to address issues in the housing sector, including those related to housing finance, affordability, and bridging the gap between housing need, demand and supply.“There is a gap of about 18,000 housing solutions each year, and a huge part of that is affordability, and so we are going to have that type of conversation at the regional housing conference looking at the demand side of housing and the supply side. Discussions will include how do we finance the supply of housing, and how do we supply liquidity and funding for housing development that drives economic development,” Mr. Wynter said.“In developed countries, some jurisdictions have mortgages to gross domestic product (GDP) at about 64 or up to 80 per cent, and what this means is that these jurisdictions use mortgages and housing as a driver for economic development, and so, we need to have a discussion in Jamaica regarding the financing of mortgages as well as housing development,” he argued.He added that on day two of the conference, papers will be presented on credit, access to finance and means of unlocking liquidity and funding in Jamaica to provide and facilitate the supply of housing.Topics for discussion include national housing demand, evaluating housing options in Jamaica, unlocking the liquidity needed to meet the growing demand for affordable housing and providing the stimulus for economic growth, and government mortgage lending.Other areas to be explored include building technology within a changing environment, housing and land tenure, and housing sector management.Day one of the conference will facilitate registration, and the opening ceremony is expected to be addressed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.On days two and three, there will be feature presentations from technocrats in the housing sector, persons from the building and civil societies, and mortgage institutions.Key participants will include representatives from the World Bank,Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Cities Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.Housing ministers, developers, policymakers and other key stakeholders from across the region will attend the conference, including representatives and groups from St. Lucia, Barbados and Montserrat.The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be hosting the conference, with sponsorship from the National Housing Trust (NHT), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) and First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited.
“We have listened to them about the problems they were having with leaking roofs and unsanitary conditions. Now, there can be no more excuses when… we spend the money to upgrade and make the markets acceptable. I am now going to challenge the vendors to utilise the markets once we have undertaken the necessary repairs,” he noted. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will be pumping $150 million into improving the aesthetic appeal of markets across the island.He said the investment “represents one of the highest expenditures… over the past five years on markets across the country” and charged vendors to take care of the improved facilities that will be provided.“We have listened to them about the problems they were having with leaking roofs and unsanitary conditions. Now, there can be no more excuses when… we spend the money to upgrade and make the markets acceptable. I am now going to challenge the vendors to utilise the markets once we have undertaken the necessary repairs,” he noted.The Minister was speaking at the official opening of a transportation centre and breaking of ground for a new market in Clark’s Town, Trelawny, on April 6.He said that there has to be a level of order as it relates to the nation’s markets, adding that they must create an environment that is conducive to shopping and positive interaction.Minister McKenzie said that vendors will have a critical role to play in the works to be undertaken.“Anywhere we go to carry out repairs, we will be engaging the vendors in the discussions. We will be listening to what they have to say and try to accommodate them as best as possible. We want to develop a partnership where we can work together to achieve the desired results,” he added.In addition to the repairs to be carried out, a number of new markets will be built.Minister McKenzie informed that a $54-million contract has been signed to construct a new market in Port Maria, St. Mary, while work on the Black River market in St. Elizabeth will be completed at a cost of $15 million.He noted that Trelawny will benefit from two new markets. In addition to the Clark’s Town market, on which work will begin by month end, approximately $10 million has been allocated to assist with the completion of the new Falmouth market.The facility, which is slated to open later this month, will replace the old ‘Bend Down’ Market, which was once a major landmark in the Trelawny capital. He said that there has to be a level of order as it relates to the nation’s markets, adding that they must create an environment that is conducive to shopping and positive interaction. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will be pumping $150 million into improving the aesthetic appeal of markets across the island.