Recycle that old mobile

first_imgMobile manufacturer Nokia is encouragingusers to recycle their old phones and helpthe environment. (Image: Dialaphone) A silverback eastern lowland gorilla in his forest habitat. Mobile phone production isindirectly harming the magnificent beasts.(Image: Karl Ammann, naturepl.com)Janine ErasmusMost people are unaware that their old mobile phones can be recycled. Now South Africa is a part of mobile giant Nokia’s multi-national recycling programme that aims to cut down on electronic waste. And not just Nokia phones, but any make are welcomed, as well as batteries, chargers, and other accessories.Nokia reports, in a July survey polling 6 500 people in 13 countries, that only 3% of old mobiles are recycled because their owners simply aren’t aware that they can still be useful in a different way. Awareness varies widely between countries – from 80% of respondents in the UK to just 17% in India.A significant 75% said they didn’t even consider the possibility of recycling; although about the same number believe in recycling as a benefit for the environment.Most old devices, 44% according to Nokia, are just kept at home and never used again, while 25% of users pass their phones to family or friends and 16% sell their used devices, particularly in emerging markets. In South Africa it is believed that the majority of older phones are handed down.Markus Terho, Nokia’s director of environmental affairs, markets, said, “If each of the 3-billion people globally owning mobiles brought back just one unused device we could save 240 000 tons of raw materials and reduce greenhouse gases to the same effect as taking 4-million cars off the road. By working together, small individual actions could add up to make a big difference.”Nokia is pushing for more public involvement in the recycling initiative, saying that it will cut down on the need to extract and refine material for new products, saving energy, chemicals and waste.Those interested can take their old phones to any Nokia Care point in over 50 locations around South Africa, from Alberton to Westville. The South African scheme is part of Nokia’s global recycling campaign that spans 5 000 locations in 85 countries.All components can be reusedAccording to Nokia, 100% of a phone can be reused, if not recycled. “Using the best recycling technology, nothing is wasted,” commented Terho. “Between 65 to 80% of a Nokia device can be recycled. Plastics that can’t be recycled are burnt to provide energy for the recycling process, and other materials are ground up into chips and used as construction materials or for building roads. In this way nothing has to go to landfill.”US-based mobile recycler PaceButler said that more gold can be recovered from one ton of mobile phones than from 17 tons of gold ore. Mobile phones also yield useful materials such as platinum, palladium and copper, as well as plastic and glass.Mobiles and other electronic devices also contain toxic materials such as heavy metals and chemicals. Circuit boards, batteries, and casings contain lead, cadmium, mercury, polyvinyl chloride, and a number of other poisonous substances, which can be released into the environment when devices are not disposed of correctly.Nokia works closely with companies who use reclaimed material, assessing them regularly to ensure that anything passed on to them is recycled responsibly.Conservation benefitsBut recycling can have other benefits that are not immediately apparent. A recent report on PaceButler’s website says that the mining of a metallic ore known as coltan, which is used in mobile phones in the form of its derivative metal tantalum, is helping to drive unrest and bad conservation practices in parts of Africa.Coltan is the common term for columbite-tantalite and is used in the production of niobium and tantalum. While the ore is mined in a number of countries, including South Africa, the largest deposits are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is believed to possess 80% of the world’s coltan reserves according to National Geographic.Mining is carried out by hand and is focused on the eastern part of the country, an area which is also home to the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, a world heritage site, and the Eastern Lowland or Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), the largest primate on earth.The demand for tantalum in the communications and other electronics industries has led to bands of rebels taking up mining alongside their subversive activities, and the profits from the sale of the ore – which at one time reached $600 (R4 900) per kilogramme – is fuelling their military agenda.The gorillas are suffering because people are flocking to the area to claim their share of the ore, and decimating the animals’ habitat in the process. But gorillas are also being hunted as food for rebel gangs and hungry miners. The magnificent beasts are now in danger of extinction – before war broke out in 1998 they numbered around 17 000, and today there are less than 3 000 left.Recycling phones will reduce demand for coltan and consequently contribute to the effort to save the gorillas, says PaceButler.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ……Useful linksNokia we:recycleThe Dian Fossey gorilla fundSilverbackers free mobile game and gorilla informationNational GeographicTreevolutionPaceButlerKahuzi Biega National Parklast_img read more

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2019-12-19

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Social Media: Kicking It Old School [Cartoon]

first_imgRelated Posts (Click the image for a larger version.)Cartoon produced by John Atkinson / Wrong HandsLede image via Shutterstock Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Step into the Wayback Machine for a moment. How did we ever catch up with old friends, check our location, track professional contacts, publish our thoughts for others to read, and look at cat pictures before the Internet?Oh, right. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social media Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… david hamiltonlast_img read more

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2019-12-15

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Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat are some tips for service members for naming beneficiaries for insurance policies and retirement savings plans such as the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)?Photo by lorenkerns (creativecommons.com)First, service members should regularly review the beneficiaries named in insurance policies and retirement savings plans and revise them as needed. Second, service members should name secondary beneficiaries in case the primary beneficiary predeceases them. Third, service members should record in one document all of the beneficiaries and contingent beneficiaries for all of their important papers that include named beneficiaries for ease of review and periodic updating. A form to record beneficiary designations can be found at njaes.rutgers.edu/money/pdfs/beneficiary-designations.pdfBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars answered by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on May 20, 2013.last_img read more

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2019-12-12

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Batsmen happy as 2nd India-NZ Test ends in draw

first_imgVirender Sehwag produced an entertaining innings after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum snuffed out any chances of an India win with a career-best maiden double century on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Hyderabad on Tuesday.SCORECARDIndia were 68 for no loss, with Sehwag on 54 and Gambhir on 14, when stumps were drawn for the final time in the match as for the second time in the series the battle between the two rivals ended in a tame draw.The two teams now head to Nagpur for the third and final Test starting on Saturday.New Zealand set an improbable target of 326 in 30 overs after declaring their second innings at tea, at 448 for eight, with an overall lead of 326 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Sehwag then displayed his pyrotechnics and in company of Gautam Gambhir entertained the crowd with his dazzling stroke-play before the two captains agreed to call it off.After a 96-run innings in his first essay, Sehwag hit six fours and a six during his breezy knock in his second attempt on Tuesday.Earlier McCullum (225), who was opening only for the second time in his career, became only the second New Zealander to post a double century on Indian soil, after Bert Sutcliffe’s 230 in Delhi way back in 1955.At tea the visitors, having stretched their lead to 326, were placed at 448 for the loss of eight wickets. Wicketkeeper Hopkins was unbeaten on 11, while giving him company was Brent Arnel, batting on one.During his monumental innings, McCullum was involved in one century and a half-century stand, besides the 125-run partnership for the opening wicket with Tim McIntosh on Monday.advertisementThe dashing Kiwi opener, who was dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short-leg on 148, smashed 22 boundaries and four sixes during his tenure at the crease that saw him record his sixth Test century, the last one coming against Australia in Wellington earlier in March this year.A couple of wickets in quick succession by S Sreesanth, including the one of McCullum, and Suresh Raina’s dismissal of Daniel Vettori 12 minutes after lunch, brought the crowds on their toes.But probably it came a bit too late for the hosts to give themselves a realistic chance of going for a win and taking a 1-0 lead in the series.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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2019-11-28

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Bahamas Minister of Public Works Addresses Street Signs Light Poles and Potholes

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – An “intense” initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence.   The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017.    His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.“In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared,” said the Minister.   “As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling. Our society cannot drop to a degree of incivility where street signs are routinely stolen for their metal content and there are no consequences.”Minister Bannister called on “responsible” members of the public to be on the lookout for these thieves who can cause accidents and also negatively impact response times for the police or emergency services by their callous and dishonest acts.   He said too many street signposts and light poles are being knocked down by careless drivers and asked Bahamians to be careful in traversing the streets.“I urge Bahamians when they see these incidents to take photos of them and to email those photos to the responsible authorities so that we can collect the cost of those poles from the careless drivers.   Otherwise, our taxes will be used to pay for these signs and poles over and over again.”Minister Bannister expressed disdain for potholes and expressed his commitment to use every weapon to effectively control potholes.“They have burst my tires, messed up my rims, and set my hubcaps flying.   Yes Sir, I am not ashamed to admit that I hate potholes.”He appealed to every Bahamian use the hotline, 302-9700, at the Ministry of Public Works to make complaints.“I have heard the constant complaints, Sir, about the fact that the hotline has not been manned as effectively as it should be.   That has to and will change.   I expect that Bahamians will get courteous, quick responses from the hotline, and I will not offer any excuses.   If anyone does not receive a quick and courteous response when they call the hotline, I ask them to send a text or a Whatsapp 814-2190 specifying the date and the time of their call to the hotline, and the issue that has not been addressed.”By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Pathologist testifies that Rebecca Zahaus death was a homicide

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA nationally renowned forensic pathologist testified Monday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Rebecca Zahau.Zahau is the woman who was found bound, gagged and hanging naked from a balcony of the Spreckels mansion in Coronado in 2011.Dr. Cyril Wecht performed a second autopsy on Zahau’s body, about three months after an initial autopsy by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.Wecht said that in his opinion, the young woman’s death was not a suicide.KUSI’s Sasha Foo reports on some of the testimony heard in San Diego County Superior Court. March 12, 2018 Sasha Foo, Pathologist testifies that Rebecca Zahau’s death was a homicide Sasha Foo center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Coronado, Dr. Cyril Wecht, Rebecca Zahau FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:27 PM Posted: March 12, 2018last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Chief David Nisleit on New Years Eve safety in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom December 31, 2018 Posted: December 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in San Diego, you can be assured the San Diego Police will be working hard to keep everybody safe.But of course, it’s up to each of us to make the right choices to ensure our safety too. San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit joined us on Good Morning San Diego to explain what they have been doing to prepare for the celebratory night. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 12:13 PM Chief David Nisleit on New Year’s Eve safety in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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CES 2019 How connected leafy canopies could fight climate change in our

first_img All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Urban landscaping gets smart. Chris Monroe/CNET A windowless Las Vegas ballroom is perhaps the last place you might expect to find upon a leafy bower. But that’s exactly what happened to me at CES 2019 on Sunday.The green and pleasant oasis I encountered amid a sea of plastic and metal electronics was a downsized version of French startup Urban Canopee’s vision for making our cities greener — both in color and in terms of environmental impact.With the threat of climate change and global warming becoming increasingly urgent, more solutions are needed to help reduce temperatures and improve air quality. Trees and plants can help with both of these things, as well assisting with restoring urban biodiversity and improving quality of life. And as our cities become smarter and more connected thanks to the deployment of sensors and 5G, there are even more opportunities to ensure plants and trees are playing their role in the best and most efficient way.Any city dweller knows how dearly-appreciated green spaces in urban environments are, but it’s not always convenient or possible to plant trees in city streets. Urban Canopee wants instead to retrofit cities with plants by growing them over the roofs of buildings or other spaces.Canopies of climbing plants are grown over lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which either stand alone or can be placed together in modules to allow the plants to weave together to form a leafy ceiling. Sensors within the frames and the plant pots allow the hydration levels of the plants and the temperature under the canopy to monitored remotely via an app. A solar kit and an intelligent, connected irrigation system operate autonomously to water the plants.Urban Canopee currently has a test project underway in the French city of Toulouse, and two patents pending for the technology. The long-term goal is to make cities more resilient against climate change as well as allowing them to meet new green regulations and support the wider fight against climate change. 85 Photos CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 Sci-Tech 0last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Why Pakistan wants UN to remove Priyanka Chopra as goodwill ambassador

first_imgUNICEF goodwill ambassador, actress Priyanka ChopraReutersPakistani official demanded the removal of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as United Nation’s goodwill ambassador over her encouraging nuclear war between the armed neighbouring countries.Human Rights Minister of Pakistan, Shireen Mazari, in a letter address to UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore, accused the actress of supporting the Indian government’s decision of abrogating Section 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status as per the constitution.”Her jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, as well as support for war, including a nuclear war, undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she been elevated,” the letter read.Sent letter to UNICEF chief regarding UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Ms Chopra pic.twitter.com/PQ3vwYjTVz— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 21, 2019The 37-year old actress who was appointed as the goodwill ambassador in 2016 was criticised over her tweet hailing Indian Army amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. She made headlines after a US citizen of Pakistani origin, Ayesha Malik, condemned her views at a cosmetics event in Los Angeles last week.Priyanka Chopra tweeted during a time when we were this ?? close to sending nukes to one another. Instead of advocating for peace she tweeted in support of the Indian army pic.twitter.com/LhbMkOW59v— Ayesha Malik (@Spishaa) August 11, 2019The former Miss World’s tweet on February 26 following the Balakot airstrike where Indian Air Force crossed over the border and bombed the headquarter of Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, was cited by Malik as an example of Chopra’s “nationalism” that contrasts her representation as a peace advocate.Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces ?? ??— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 26, 2019Chopra responded to Malik’s remarks and reasoned that she was “patriotic.””I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well,” Chopra said.The actress was recently supported by actor colleague Kangana Ranaut who sympathised with Chopra and said that the situation was that of being stuck between “duty and emotions.””It’s not an easy choice to make… when you are stuck between your duty and your emotions, being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador sure you can’t limit your identity to one nation, but how many of us choose heart over mind every day,” Kangana said in a statement.Lyricist Javed Akhtar also supported the actress and said that her view will “obviously be an Indian point of view.””If there is some kind of a controversy and difference in point of view between an average Indian citizen (like Priyanka Chopra) and the Pakistani establishment, obviously her point of view will be an Indian point of view,” he said at the sidelines of a literary event in Kolkata.The United Nations Security Council has echoed India’s claim of Kashmir issue being an internal matter according to the 1972 Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration of 1999.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Farmers Banks former audit chief his son among 4 arrested

first_imgFarmers Bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty. Photo: Prothom AloAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested four accused including the Farmers Bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty on Tuesday in connection with the embezzlement and irregularities in loan disbursement.The others are – the chairman’s son Rashedul Haque Chisty, the bank’s senior vice president Zia Uddin Ahmed and first vice president Masudur Rahman Khan.ACC assistant director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the ACC arrested the accused from different areas of the city.He also said that a case was filed with the Gulshan police station in the morning on embezzlement of Tk 1.60 billion and money laundering.ACC imposed a travel ban on 17 people including several current and former top officials of the Farmers Bank Limited.The top Farmers Bank officials facing the ban include the Bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty, his wife Ruzi Chisty, son Rashedul Haque Chisty, Rashed’s wife Farhana Ahmed, daughter Rimi Chisty, Mazedul Haque Chisty, the bank’s former managing director and CEO AKM Shameem, deputy MD Abdul Motaleb Patwari, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, executive VP Mohammad Jahangir Alam Majumdar, and SVP Zia Uddin Ahmed.The other officials are Lutful Haque and Md Monirul Haque, Md Tafazzal Hossain, Mohammad Shamsul Hassan Bhuiyan, Mahbub Ahmed, and Md Zakir Hossain.The Farmers Bank was established in June 2013 while investigations of Bangladesh Bank found massive irregularities in the bank’s loan disbursement along with a huge amount of default loans in 2017.The bank’s chairman and a former home minister MK Alamgir and Audit Committee chief Mahabubul resigned following the scandal while the central bank in December last year also removed the bank’s managing director.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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