South Africa bans abalone fishing

first_imgSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone – commonly known as perlemoen – in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008.Wild abalone in South Africa has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction, says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environment and Tourism. (Image: South African Police Service)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended abalone fishing in its waters, effective from February 2008, as marine authorities take drastic measures to protect the rapidly depleting shellfish species from commercial extinction.Illegal fishing and increased inward migration of a lobster species that destroy abalone habitat are being blamed for a decline in the shellfish’s numbers.Addressing the media following a Cabinet meeting this week, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said politicians had also approved a social plan to provide alternative employment opportunities for legal fishers of the shellfish, commonly known in South Africa as perlemoen.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism states that there are currently 302 rights holders – 262 individual divers and 40 close corporations – operating in the sector, accounting for about 800 jobs.“Some of the measures incorporated in the social plan will include the development of a sustainable aqua-culture industry and issuing of additional permits for whale watching and shark-cage diving,” he said.Maseko conceded that it was not an easy decision to indefinitely suspend fishing of the species, but that the government had the responsibility to “strike a good balance” between the needs of coastal communities and the species becoming extinct.“Wednesday’s tough decision by Cabinet to support the suspension of wild abalone commercial fishing will ensure the survival of the species and will also ensure that our children and the generations that follow will know what perlemoen is,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, welcoming the decision.“We are unfortunately at a point where the commercial harvesting of wild abalone can no longer be justified because the stock has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction.”One reason for the decline is the migration of West Coast Rock Lobster into abalone areas. The Rock Lobsters consume the sea urchins, which provide shelter to juvenile abalone.“This in turn subjects the juvenile abalone to increased mortality. Studies further show that unless decisive and immediate action is taken, the resource will collapse completely with little prospect of recovery,” he said.A main cause for the decline, however, has been rampant poaching over the years, as the shellfish is highly coveted and fetches high prices especially in the Far East, and had to be dealt with.“I want to give notice that if there is not a drastic decline in poaching I will have to apply my mind at the start of the next season as to whether it is perhaps time to consider a complete ban on all perlemoen harvesting for a period of ten years to allow the resource to recover,” Van Schalkwyk warned.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Virgin Strikes Back

first_imgVirgin Australia has blamed Qantas’ policy of maintaining its 65 per cent market share for its [Qantas’] woes and accused it of stifling real competition.In an open letter to the Australian government, to counter Qantas’ lobbying for help, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the airline’s strategy is, and always has been, to bring strong competition to all sectors of the Australian market, not to destroy competition.Qantas is trying to stop Virgin Australia’s foreign airline shareholders from injecting $350 million into the airline suggesting those funds are bankrolling an unrealistic fare war and expansion.The airline is looking to the government for a [bank] guarantee ahead of what is expected to be a loss of up to $500 million for the 2014 financial year.However Mr Borghetti has hit back saying its strategy has been to bring “real competition to all sectors of the market, including regional monopoly routes.”“This is despite our competitor publically stating that “if a competitor puts one [plane] in, we’ll put two in as a group”, in order to maintain a 65 per cent share of the Australian domestic aviation market at all costs,” said Mr Borghetti.Mr Borghetti said that “this is a strategy that prevents competition including the possibility of new entrants.”“We strongly believe that a level playing field should include a full and proper investigation of this 65 per cent “line in the sand” policy and ask the Australian Government to divert attention to this important issue that is crippling competition and is not sustainable financially for anyone in aviation in this country.”Mr Borghetti said Virgin had no problem with the Qantas Sale Act, which restricts foreign ownership in Qantas, being repealed or amendments to the legislation which would allow Qantas to mirror the current structure of Virgin Australia by separating its international and domestic operations.Under Australian law an Australian domestic carrier can be foreign owned.“If Australia truly wants a “level playing field”, then any measures that the Government plans to take to support Qantas should be offered to Virgin Australia,” said Mr Borghetti.“We believe that this country needs at least two strong airlines, in order to ensure the travelling public is not faced with high airfares and restricted choice.”Yesterday Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce likened the spat between the two airlines to a soccer game in which Qantas was 10-nil up before Virgin had called three other teams onto the field ‘‘because they can’t beat us.’’‘‘We need a level playing field for the Qantas Group to have a future. Virgin does its heavy maintenance offshore. They don’t have these investments that we do in this country.’’Mr Borghetti said that Virgin Australia employs around 9,500 staff, has opened new routes, launched new bases and grown tourism through joint campaigns with the state tourism bodies and Tourism Australia.“We fly around 20 million passengers annually and we have injected over $11 billion directly into the Australian economy over the last three years.”“We have also purchased Skywest and 60 per cent of Tigerair Australia, with a view of strengthening their ability to compete”And in a sting aimed at Qantas’ offshore forays with Jetstar he added that “importantly, we will not be investing in starting new airlines offshore.”last_img read more

Townships to get in on Bok action

first_img9 September 2011Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – December 11, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes to the forecast this morning. The focal point for the moisture this weekend and next week seems to be a little farther east, but that still means we have 3 threats of moisture in a Friday to Tuesday period, and our totals look similar to our prior forecast. The map at right shows our thinking for 10 day combined moisture totals, at least how they look converted to liquid equivalent.We are dry today through Friday morning. Today will be rather cold again, but tomorrow not as cold as winds turn more to the south. On Friday clouds increase quickly. We likely see sprinkles develop Friday evening and then showers push farther north overnight Friday night though early Saturday afternoon. Rain totals will end up being from a few hundredths to .6″ with coverage at 60% of the state. We see nothing north of a line from Cleveland to Dayton.After a brief break in the action, another round of moisture is back for overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday. This time cold air is back in with the moisture, and we expect snow showers. Accumulations are likely, but should be minor at a coating to 12 with coverage at 80% of the state. We shut off the moisture later Sunday afternoon and stay dry through Monday afternoon.Later Monday night our third wave of moisture comes in with rain showers from I-70 south through the day Tuesday. Rains can be a bit impressive here with totals of .1″-.7″. Coverage will be nearly 90% of areas from I-70 south, but areas north of I-70 will stay dry. The entire region dries down to finish next week with a mix of clouds and sunshine Wednesday through Friday. Temps will be chilly to start that period, but will moderate toward next weekend.last_img read more

Which Version of You Shows Up?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are different versions of you that you bring to various endeavors and interactions. Some of those versions are more compelling, more interesting, more entertaining, and more persuasive than other versions. Because this is true, you need to be intentional about who you allow to show up.Your EnergyThe best version of yourself has energy. Other people can feel when that person shows up. The energy is high, and it is palpable. That energy has the power to move people, and it is infectious.But you have a low-key, low-energy version of yourself, too. No one takes notice when you allow this person shows up. No one can feel you when you have no charge. You move no one. (And as much as you might want to believe that being an introvert means you can’t have this energy, you can’t escape the fact that an introvert with a great big smile has a better energy).You PassionThe better you shows up with a passion. That version cares deeply about the outcome of what it is you are engaged in. The fact that you are passionate is enough to change how people feel about you, as well as how they feel when they are around you.The dispassionate you is not the best version that you have to offer. There is nothing sexy about not caring. Worse still is the cynical version of yourself you sometimes allow to show up. This version doesn’t win friends or influence people.Your IntentionsThe best version of yourself is intentional. That version brings the passion, the energy, and the focus that allows you to produce the outcomes you intend to create. When the best you shows up, you achieve results even when you have no control over anything other than your state.The lesser version you sometimes allow to show up is reactive. When you are unintentional, you allow yourself to drift, often resulting in your ending up somewhere you didn’t want to be.Your PresenceIt is wrong to withhold the best version of yourself. You deprive others of experiencing the best you have to offer. You allow the fear of being judged to keep you from turning up your thermostat and bringing a full dose of your energy, your passion, the true authentic you.The version of you that entertains, that educates, that persuades, and that influences others has a presence. That presence is compelling. It’s attractive. It’s exciting. Don’t withhold that version of yourself.Make sure that the version of you that shows up is your very best version.last_img read more

Goa workers march for their rights

first_imgPanaji: Workers from Goa marched in Panaji on Monday to demand nationalisation of all iron ore mines in the State, and to pledge support to the villagers of Sonshi and all others struggling for clean water and air.The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) had organised the rally to celebrate International Workers’ Day. Workers from factories, mines, shipyards, port and dock, commercial establishments, transport, government and semi-government departments shouted slogans and waved colourful posters and banners bearing messages. The rally ended with a public meeting addressed by AITUC Goa general secretary Christopher Fonseca, president Prasanna Utagi, deputy general secretary R.D. Mangueshkar and secretary Suhaas Naik.The workers felicitated Amandeep Prabhudessai, a doctor who has dedicated his whole life to serve the needy. They also felicitated Comrade Juvenile Braganza, a veteran communist who has served working people in Goa for many years. Mr. Fonseca said that the offensive launched by the BJP-led government on the working people and their hard-won rights at the behest of the corporate lobby must stop. He demanded that workers’ rights must be protected.“The Modi government has also launched direct attacks on the democratic rights of the people, particularly the working class, by unleashing anti-labour amendments to labour laws secured by the working class after relentless struggles. This government is out to defeat the hard-won labour laws, which are being amended to suit the hire-&-fire policies of MNCs and corporates,” Mr. Fonseca said.Trade union speakers attacked the government for “anti-labour laws” and accused it of failing to tackle the unemployment problem across the country. Mr. Naik demanded a rollback of the hike in prices of petrol and diesel, controlling prices of essential commodities, recognition of the right to organise and right to strike as a fundamental right, no pro-employer changes to labour laws, stopping sale of profit-making public sector undertakings, setting up a National Fund for the unorganised workers and toilers, promulgating minimum wage of ₹18,000 per month linked to dearness allowance, and abolition of the contract labour system in government.last_img read more

3 days agoMoyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay put

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay putby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba should stay with Manchester United, says former United boss David Moyes.The France international revealed in the summer he’s ready for a new challenge elsewhere.Moyes told talkSPORT: “Pogba is still Manchester United’s best midfield player and I think Pogba can play for any team in the world. He’d get a game for any team.“I’m not sure he’s a player who is consistent and makes a difference all the time.“I think for the profile he’s got, you hope he makes the difference. He doesn’t always do that for me.“But I think he should stay at Manchester United.“I don’t think he wins games like Messi does for Barcelona or Ronaldo’s done for Juventus.“He’s a really talented player and he’s got a lot to give.“His best for me was then he was at Juventus. He joined in more and got closer to the opposition box. Pogba is at his best getting near the box and trying to score a few goals.“If you were picking United’s team, I still think that Pogba would be in their midfield.” last_img read more

AAC Football’s Official Twitter Account Trolled Penn State

first_imgAmerican Athletic Conference twitter page trolls Penn State.American TweetPenn State made some news yesterday when it was revealed that the team literally buried the game tape of its 27-10 season-opening loss to Temple with a shovel. In the embarrassing defeat, the Nittany Lions surrendered 10 sacks. While Penn State was ready to let that game go, the American Athletic Conference, of which Temple is a member, wants to relish the memory of it . That’s why the AAC’s official football Twitter account dropped a solid troll job on Penn State this morning. Penn State may have buried the game tape, but you can watch all 10 @Temple_FB sacks from Sat on our YouTube page https://t.co/xkp5lidkzS— American Football (@American_FB) September 9, 2015That’s tremendous. This was Temple’s first win over PSU in over 70 years, and they set a conference sack record in the process. The AAC doesn’t have many opportunities to brag about its football accomplishments, so it is understandably proud of the Owls’ performance.last_img read more

PQ candidate Guy Leclair quits Quebec election amid drunk driving charges

first_imgMONTREAL – A candidate for the Parti Quebecois has withdrawn his candidacy just weeks before the provincial election.Guy Leclair, the PQ candidate and outgoing member of the legislature for the Montreal-area riding of Beauharnois, announced his resignation in a statement late Wednesday.The announcement came on the same day Leclair was charged with impaired driving and refusing to obey a police officer.In his statement, Leclair says he expects to be acquitted of the charges but he had to withdraw for the good of the party.He’s due to appear in court Sept. 21, just 10 days before Quebecers go to the polls.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who spent much of the past two days defending Leclair after the allegations became public, has 10 days to find another candidate.last_img read more

British Columbia Utilities Commission issued final report onGasoline and Diesel Prices in

first_imgThe BCUC also received more than 70 letters of comment from members of the public and interested parties as well as three reports prepared by two independent consultants, shares the BCUC.The process also included four days of Oral Workshops for the Panel to ask Interveners questions, and for Interveners to ask questions on the independent reports.The Panel has recommended a one-month comment period on the Report to provide the Inquiry’s participants with an opportunity to submit additional evidence relevant to questions posed by the BC Government.To review the Panel’s detailed findings, refer to the Executive Summary or Final Report; CLICK HEREThe BCUC shares a final copy of the report has been provided to the Honourable Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Final Report with responses to questions posed by the Provincial Government and its key findings from its Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in BC.Following the inquiry process, some of the Panel’s key findings include;There is a significant unexplained difference of approximately 13 cents per litre in wholesale gasoline prices between Southern BC and its Pacific Northwest cost comparator;The wholesale market for gasoline in BC is not truly competitive with high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry, and their ability to influence prices. Retail market prices can also be controlled by five refiner-marketers;There is no evidence to suggest that there is collusion among the retail operators nor is there evidence of cartel behaviour; andRegulation could potentially reduce the wholesale and/or retail margins to what is earned in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility. However, further investigation should be done to determine if such an approach would be of benefit to British Columbian consumers.According to the BCUC, they established an independent, transparent and public inquiry process. The Panel considered evidence filed by 11 registered interveners including all major companies that have refining and retail business in BC.last_img read more