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Measures to curb acid mine drainage

first_img20 December 2010 A team of experts advising the South African government on acid mine drainage has recommended a series of short-term measures to address the problem. The measures are benchmarked against countries that have experienced similar problems, such as Canada and the United States.They include pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The government’s inter-ministerial committee on acid mine drainage said in a statement on Friday that it had received an updated report from the team of experts on Wednesday.The scope of the team’s work included assessing work done to date as well as available solutions and technology, and proposing integrated short-, medium- and long-term solutions.It also included assessing costs viability, as well as exploring possible partnerships with the private sector.The committee said the government has acknowledged and accepts that acid mine drainage is a problem that South Africa needs to address urgently.This, the committee said, should be done in a co-ordinated manner between a range of stakeholders that included the mining industry, with the government always play a leading role.The team’s report advocated for the three priority basins (North, Central and Western) to have implementation plans that included pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The committee believed the proposals were founded on scientific research and engineering instead of simplistic, quick-fix solutions.Some areas needing revisiting included the liability of polluters and costing of implementation.The recommendations were benchmarked on some countries that had experienced acid mine drainage problems, such as Canada and the United States.The report would be presented to the Cabinet early in January. The Cabinet would then determine the way forward.Sapalast_img read more

Layar Looks to Create the App Store of Mobile Augmented Reality

first_imgTags:#start#startups chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Over the past few months, we here at ReadWriteWeb have been hard at work putting together our upcoming premium report on marketing in the augmented reality (AR) space. From our research we’ve discovered that for several years, desktop “webcam AR” developers have made created multi-million dollar businesses while the younger “mobile AR” companies have yet to really break the bank. Today, however, Dutch mobile AR company Layar may change the mobile AR landscape, as it has announced it will allow developers of AR layers to monetize their creations on the Layar platform.Of the major mobile AR browsers, Layar, available now on Android phones and making an anticipated return to the iPhone later this month, has the widest selection of content to browse through. In a press release today, the company boasts 375 active layers, 1200 layers in development, and over 1 million users of its application. Previously, businesses could create their own layer and place it in the free Layar directory; now those same business can reap the commercial benefits of augmented reality. When the service launches in March, Android users will be able to purchase layers from directly within the Layar application, and the iPhone version will likely make use of the in-app purchase function. “Layar will facilitate global mobile payment processing and distribution in all currencies,” the company announced today. “Producers can fully focus on content – without having to worry about mass market distribution, developing for multiple mobile platforms, or financial administration.”Layar is not the first company to attract commercial AR content, but they are the first to create a platform for businesses to sell their content through Layar. In the past, Layar and other AR browsers like Wikitude and acrossair have provided commercial content on their browsers, but now businesses can put a price tag on their content at the individual level, not just on partnerships with the browsers. Layar also announced today that the company had boosted its capital, raising $3.4 million in funding from Sunstone Capital and Prime Technology Ventures. Just as Apple created the App Store ecosystem on the iPhone, Layar will be providing an opportunity for businesses small and large to take advantage of its rapidly growing AR platform. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Sync Your Footage Faster with Red Giant’s Plural Eyes

first_imgRed Giant Software releases Plural Eyes 3 for syncing audio and video  Discover why this update may become an essential part of your post production workflow.When Final Cut Pro X was announced at the 2011 NAB Supermeet I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for the team from Singular Software (maker of Plural Eyes) that had a booth there.  After all, Apple’s new editing app included it’s own synching tool that could automatically marry video with external audio.   Adobe’s Premiere Pro now has a similar software based syncing tool.  Surely Plural Eyes would become an obsolete software, right?Imagine my surprise then when Red Giant Software, a leading video editing plugin developer, snatched up Plural Eyes in the summer of 2012.  Now we know why.Plural Eyes 3 is faster than ever…20 times faster to be exact.  Anyone shooting on DSLR knows the time it takes to sync up camera footage/audio with audio recorded on an external recorder.  Depending on the amount of footage it could take days manually, and hours using earlier software syncing technology.  The new Plural Eyes aims to make this process a breeze.  It’s a standalone application, so you don’t need a certain video editing application for it to work.  Plural Eyes can export its timeline to Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro for an even smoother post production workflow.For video editors who do a lot of work with externally recorded audio having this tool in your editing toolkit seems like a no-brainer.  Time is money…so speed up your workflow so you can make the most of it.More info and download Plural Eyes 3 at Red Giant ($199).See Plural Eyes 3 in action:last_img read more

Chennai Open renamed Maharashtra Open, to be held in Pune

first_imgMumbai, Jul 20 (PTI) Indias lone ATP tournament, the Chennai Open, will now be held in Pune next year and would be henceforth called “Maharashtra Open”.IMG-Reliance, the right holders of the tournament along with Government of Maharashtra and Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), announced this here.”We welcome the world class ATP tournament to our state,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.”We are happy to host the Maharashtra Open and sure that we will take it to newer heights by bringing in an elite field every year,” he added.The Chennai Open became an important fixture on India?s international sporting calendar, drawing top players from across the world for 21 long years.Many of them, including 14-time Grand Slam mens singles champion Rafael Nadal of Spain who has often spoken about its importance in his journey to World No. 1, had made it their first stop every year.”We would like to thank everyone in Tamil Nadu, especially our innumerable fans, the Tamil Nadu government and the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association for making the Chennai Open such a grand success,? IMG-Reliance?s spokesperson said.”We look forward to similar love from tennis fans in not just in Pune and Maharashtra but in every part of the country,” the spokesperson said.”We have created a tennis legacy and have also provided our young players the opportunity to not only play against the best but to also pick up crucial points in world ranking system,” he added.MSLTA?s secretary Sunder Iyer and Tournament director Prashant Sutar were equally upbeat at the prospect of hosting the ATP tournament.advertisement”We have the best tennis infrastructure in the country. We will strive our best to make the world?s best players and our own, feel at home,” they said.India?s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi forged their formidable partnership at the Chennai Open, before they went on to conquer the world.Stan Wawrinka and Maric Cilic, among the more notable players, also took baby steps in this event before going on to break into ATP?s elite Top 5 list. PTI SSR NRB SDMlast_img read more