Provinces get funds to fix flood damage

first_img“This money is to enable affected provinces to start immediately with the most urgent repairs to their infrastructure,” he said, but added that the need far outstripped the funds available. “Of this, rebuilding of roads and bridges would be the most expensive at an estimated cost of R266-million,” Maistry said. The government has a budget of R240-million for the country this financial year from the Transport Disaster Management Grant, said DET spokesman Logan Maistry. “We are going all out to ensure we render all the necessary support and assistance to provinces to ensure that road infrastructure damaged by extreme weather conditions is repaired, ” Ndebele said in a statement after his visit. Accompanying Ndebele on Monday were Mpumalanga public works, roads and transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu and SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. “We want to ensure that all resources of the state are mobilised so that the lives of those affected returns to normal as soon as possible,” he said. Technical teams have already been deployed in all three provinces to assess the extent of damage. They are to hand a report to the minister on Friday. They are Mbombela, Nkomazi, Umjindi, Thaba Chweu and Bushbuckridge. 31 January 2012 Floods and storms swept through Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West in mid-January. In a tour of Mpumalanga on Monday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele heard that it would cost an estimated R445.7-million to repair infrastructure in that province alone. Technical teams deployed Sapa Emergency funding has been allocated to provinces to fix the worst of the damage to transport infrastructure caused by floods and storms earlier this month, the transport department said on Monday. In Mpumalanga, five municipalities in the Ehlanzeni district of Mpumalanga have been declared disaster areas.last_img read more

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Taking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10

first_imgFirst Flights GeoTour 10TFGT: First FlightsTraditional | GC3RA2Q | D 1.5 / T 1.5 This cache is found on Anna Maria Island, a barrier island along the coast of Manatee County. Its sandy shores dip into the Gulf of Mexico and are considered to be some of the best beaches in the world.But the ‘natives’ here are not local Florida residents; they are the thousands of shorebirds that flock to the same beaches each year to lay their eggs and raise their families. Flight in the Estuary GeoTour 10TFGT: Flight in the EstuaryTraditional | GC3RBMY | D 1.5 / T 1.5 This preserve, located on the tip of Snead Island, is a unique place where you can see the saltwater Gulf of Mexico, the freshwater Manatee River, and the Tampa Bay estuary. Tampa Bay is a partially enclosed water body where the salt and fresh waters mix and is the largest open-water estuary in Florida with nearly 400 square miles (1000 square kilometers) spanning three counties.Estuaries support a diverse variety of wildlife and plant species, provide nesting places for birds, food sources for all wildlife, and nursery areas for juvenile fish, crabs, and shrimp. Estuaries protect water quality and filter out dirt and pollution. They also provide us with opportunities to boat, fish, swim, bird watch, and geocache.Combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours here. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first!  Share with your Friends:More Taking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10Flock to Florida’s Taking Flight GeoTour and learn about the nature preserve and the diverse species of birds that live there. While honing your geocaching and nature skills you will become a citizen scientist, detective, historian, and even nature preserve ranger. Caches highlight the protection of the region’s waterways, bays, natural watersheds, and habitat areas for many of the area’s feathered friends.There are 15 geocaches to discover around birding hot spots and each includes a fun, educational activity. Plus, you can earn a custom Taking Flight trackable tag when you find 12 of the caches on the tour!We’re highlighting three of the caches from this GeoTour. When you make the trek, we recommend packing your binoculars and pen. You wouldn’t want to have any, ahem, egrets. Flooded Flight GeoTour 10TFGT: Flooded FlightEarthCache | GC3R827 | D 1.5 / T 2 This Earthcache teaches about rising sea levels and its potential impact on nesting bird habitat, challenging finders to become citizen scientists.Located in Robinson Preserve, one of Manatee County’s most popular conservation properties, over 30,000 people visit during its busiest months. Enjoy the three miles of mixed paved and shell trails, paddle the two miles of water “blueways,” or scale the forty-foot observation tower.center_img SharePrint RelatedTaking Flight GeoTour – Manatee County, FloridaSeptember 4, 2015In “GeoTours”Take Flight on Florida’s New GeoTourFebruary 10, 2013In “Geocaching Info”GeoTour Spotlight: Florida’s Operation Recreation (GT3D)August 9, 2017In “GeoTours”last_img read more

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In the news today Feb 27

first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, Feb. 27———WILSON-RAYBOULD TO TESTIFY ON SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIRJody Wilson-Raybould is warning that she won’t be able to speak freely today about everything concerning the SNC-Lavalin affair when she appears before the House of Commons justice committee. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an order-in-council Monday waiving solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality provisions. In a letter Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould admitted that the waiver covers only her time as justice minister and attorney general. She says she can’t discuss any communications she had after she was moved to veterans affairs, her subsequent resignation from cabinet and the presentation she gave to cabinet last week that appeared to bring her back into the Liberal fold.———BILL TO EASE JURY SECRECY CLEARS HURDLEThe House of Commons justice committee has approved a bill that would ease secrecy by allowing former jurors to discuss all aspects of a stressful criminal trial with a mental-health professional. Private member’s bill C-417, introduced by Conservative MP Michael Cooper, is now slated to return to the Commons for third-reading debate. The bill would amend a Criminal Code section enacted in 1972 to help make the jury room a confidential forum that encourages frank debate among jurors. The government says the section does not forbid discussing emotions during jury deliberations or the evidence that was presented in court, but does bar disclosure of information such as opinions expressed, arguments made and votes cast.———B.C. DOCTOR WARNS AGAINST DEADLY MUSHROOMA doctor is warning British Columbia residents about a deadly mushroom variety that is spreading along the Pacific coast. Dr. Omar Ahmad of Island Health says the so-called death cap mushroom can easily be mistaken for edible varieties and is responsible for 90 per cent of the world’s mushroom-related fatalities. Ahmad says people who eat death caps can experience abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea within six to 12 hours. But he says a false recovery phase follows up to three days later and can prevent people from seeking medical help as toxins attack the liver and possibly the kidneys.———NORWEGIAN POLITICIAN TO VISIT MOOSE JAW, SASK.A Norwegian politician is flying halfway around the world to visit Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and the prairie city’s rival moose statue. Linda Henriksen is the deputy mayor of a municipality in the Scandinavian country that recently bucked Moose Jaw’s Mac the Moose off top spot as the world’s tallest moose statue. Moose Jaw has launched a campaign to reclaim the title by making Mac’s rack a little taller. Henriksen says she sees the trip as a chance for the two communities to form a new relationships and potential tourism partnerships. Henriksen arrives tonight and is to spend a week touring Moose Jaw and attending her first live hockey game.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Statistics Canada will release its consumer price index for January, and payroll employment, earnings and hours results for December.— Pre-trial motions continue today in the case of David and Collet Stephan, charged in the meningitis death of their 19-month-old son.— Utility company Hydro One will announce plans to invest in significant infrastructure upgrades in the Ottawa region.— Torstar Corp. holds conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter financial results.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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