Tiger Woods is mad. Usually, when he is in the center of a controversy, he takes the high road. He did so when Fuzzy Zoeller, the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilgman, and Sergio Garcia all made comments that were considered bordering on racist.But Brandel Chamblee, the Golf Channel’s analyst who has made a name for being hyper-critical of Woods, has the world’s No. 1 player fuming. Why? Chamblee inferred that Woods is a cheater, the ultimate insult. And instead of brushing it off, Woods made a passive-aggressive play for the network to discipline Chamblee.“All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward,” Woods said. “But then, I don’t know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that’s up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing, as he didn’t really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.“So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do.”Woods was asked about Chamblee’s article he posted for Golf.com where he compared Woods’ rules infraction issues this year to him cheating on a test in school.Chamblee wrote in a Golf.com article that he gave Woods an “F” for the year, the same year he was named the player of the year.He wrote: “When I was in the fourth grade, I cheated on a math test and when I got the paper back it had ‘100’ written at the top and just below the grade, was this quote: ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!’ It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem ‘Marmion’ by Sir Walter Scott, and my teacher’s message was clear. Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of ‘100,’ but this time with a line drawn through it and beneath that an F. I never did ask my teacher how she knew I cheated and I certainly didn’t protest the grade. I knew I had done the wrong thing and my teacher the right, but I never forgot the way I felt when I read that quote.“I remember when we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and … how shall we say this … was a little cavalier with the rules.”Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg hinted at actual legal action because of the idea that Woods bends the rules when he’s on the golf course. Steinberg was with Woods in China and said the Golf Channel should reprimand Chamblee, even if he didn’t make the comments during a Golf Channel broadcast.“I’m all done talking about it, and it’s now in the hands of the Golf Channel,” Steinberg said. “That’s Tiger’s view and that’s mine, and all we want to do is move forward. And whether the Golf Channel moves forward as well, then we’ll have to wait and see.”To this point, the Golf Channel has not commented on Chamblee’s column.
This weekend some interesting iPhone 5 rumors emerged over at TiMN. While things are still early for the 2011 iPhone–for which most rumors foresee a September launch–the site has heard a number of interesting pieces of information about the device’s design, culminating in a mock-up graphic. As you can see from the side view above, the next iPhone could be slim, tapered, and very different than the iPhone 4.While things are far from firm at this point, TiMN give is a lot of clues about one direction for the phone. Lately rumors have said to expect either a drastically changed phone or basically a faster iPhone 4, and these are definitely in the former camp. The proposed iPhone 5 would have a MacBook Air-inspired design, with a metal back and contours not unlike those of the iPod touch. The screen will be nearly bezel-free allowing for a size bump up to 3.7-inches (from 3.5) without increasing the size of the phone. Of course a large display at the same resolution means less pixels per inch but rumor has it that this model would run at 312 dpi, still enough to be called a “Retina Display”.AdChoices广告Also the mockup shows a changed Home button. It would be larger and would be able to support gestures. Past this the user interface of the phone seems to be unchanged.As for the insides, TiMN didn’t hear much yet, but they do expect to see a Gobi GSM/CDMA-combo chipset so different hardware is not needed for different carriers. Nothing was said about the A5 SoC that powers the iPad 2 and will probably power the iPhone 5, but chances are that we’ll see that too.So there you have it, the latest iPhone 5 rumors. They are, if nothing else, a lot more interesting than simply a processor upgrade to a glass-sandwich that is the iPhone 4, a phone that has been excellent but far from flawless. If these rumors hold even remotely true Apple will have a chance to improve the phone and standardize their design language across their portable devices.Read more at TiMN
Kevin Kilbane (file pic). Image: James Crombie/INPHO By Paul Fennessy FORMER IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Kevin Kilbane has strongly criticised British boxing star David Haye for his use of the derogatory term “retards”.At an event to promote his upcoming fight with Tony Bellew, Haye called fans in his opponent’s native city of Liverpool “retards” amid a heated press conference in which the two fighters exchanged insults.Kilbane, who has a daughter with Down Syndrome and has worked with various organisations on behalf of people with disabilities including Down Syndrome Ireland, says the boxing star’s choice of words was unacceptable.Down Syndrome Ireland ambassador @kdkilbane77 slams @mrdavidhaye’s behaviour yesterday. #OffTheBall https://t.co/cNfxZytsSd— eirSport (@eirSport) February 28, 2017 ‘Respect the guy, don’t respect the guy, I don’t care’: McIlroy defends ‘surreal experience’ with Trump>The bank analyst defying inexperience in his bid to emulate McGregor and Duffy> Share39 Tweet Email Kevin Kilbane (file pic). Short URL Mar 1st 2017, 10:43 AM “(It’s upsetting) for the people with disabilities. They have feelings. They know what’s being said about them… I don’t think he actually realises what he’s said. It’s total ignorance and a lack of respect for people with disabilities.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Image: James Crombie/INPHO 28,306 Views ‘It’s the equivalent of racism and sexism’ – Kevin Kilbane hits out at David Haye for ‘retards’ slur The ex-Ireland international criticised the boxing star for calling fans the derogatory term. 56 Comments http://the42.ie/3264695 Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 10:43 AM Speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball show, Kilbane said: “These are the sort of terms, in this day and age, certainly with how we’ve gone on racism, how we’ve gone on sexism, this is the sort of language that is disgraceful.“I understand gamesmanship and the hype that goes around fights and giving each other all the abuse, we’ve seen it all now. There does seem to be genuine animosity between these two, fair enough.But for David Haye to use the word “retard” — not just once, because he’s used it before — is premeditated. So he knows exactly what he’s saying.”The retired footballer continued: “No one’s actually correcting him to tell him about the severity of using that word. You think ‘come on mate, you’re representing a sport, you’re representing yourself’. For a man to stand up and use that term is disgraceful.The word ‘mong’ has been used over the years as well. These sort of terms are the equivalent of racism and sexism. And I don’t care what anybody says — it’s exactly the same. These sort of terms should be wiped out, they’re totally unacceptable. For David Haye to use that word, it’s outrageous. I was disgusted when I heard it today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Share1 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3234432 By Garreth MacNamee Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 10:39 AM 13,328 Views Man charged in relation to Coolock gun seizure Gardaí made the seizure in September of last year. Feb 11th 2017, 10:39 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Snowdrop area of Darndale. Image: Google Maps Short URL The Snowdrop area of Darndale. No Comments A 26-YEAR old man has been charged by gardaí in relation to the seizure of guns and ammo in the Snowdrop area of Darndale, north Dublin, last September.The man was arrested by detectives on Thursday and was questioned at Coolock garda station. He is due to appear before the courts this morning.A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí at Coolock seized a firearm and ammunition during the planned of a house in the Snowdrop area of Darndale on 30 September 2016. The items seized were technically examined.The man was arrested in the Coolock area on 9 February 2017 and detained at Coolock Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 as amended.”Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are now activeRead: Ireland is expected to miss its EU renewables target – and cop a multimillion-euro bill >‘Key witness’ sought after Irishwoman killed in UK train collision > Image: Google Maps
The state legislature had a robust session on housing and homelessness related bills that advocates say has been a long time coming.“It’s been a really phenomenal legislative session for affordable housing,” said Michele Thomas, policy and advocacy director with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.Thomas said the breakthrough session addressed issues that groups such as the Housing Alliance have been talking with lawmakers about for a long time — long enough for them to have an understanding of the issues and to get more comfortable voting ‘yes.’Besides the bills, the legislature invested $107 million in the Housing Trust Fund, which allocates money to affordable housing builders.“I also think, no matter what — whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican — homelessness is increasing in your district,” Thomas said.• One of the major bills that passed the legislature was HB 1570, which eliminates the sunset on document recording fees, a major source of funds for homeless services, and raises the fee by $22. At one point, the bill had a local option, but that was eliminated in exchange for a statewide increase. Michael Torres, program manger at Clark County Community Services, said this should amount to about a 60 percent increase in what’s collected by the county. Clark County spends about $5.3 million annually on homeless services. Of that, roughly $3 million comes from document recording fees, but it fluctuates depending on the number of people who purchase homes. Most of the $48 fee for recording the deed of a home purchase goes to the county and the rest goes to the state, which can get redistributed back into the county through the state Department of Commerce’s Consolidated Homeless Grants.Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, voted against HB 1570 last year but voted in favor of it this session.“The timing was just right,” he said. “We need to address the issue.”Harris sits on the boards for Share and Columbia River Mental Health Services, which both serve homeless people, and emphasized the importance of this funding source. He considers the document recording fee a “fair source” of money for homeless services.• HB 2578 prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income. A landlord wouldn’t be able to reject an otherwise eligible prospective tenant because they use, for example, a Section 8 housing voucher to help cover rent. Also, landlords can only use the portion of rent that the tenant is obligated to cover when calculating the income-to-rent ratio. Many apartment complexes require that tenants make 2.5 times or 3 times the rent. The city of Vancouver has an ordinance that already mandates this, but it would become statewide through HB 2578. The bill also establishes a landlord mitigation fund.
The announcement or reminder from state house that the ban on charcoal is still in force dawned upon Gambians as another regimental order, ordering them as robots not to dare to produce charcoal lest the consequence they will face. Local and traditional leaders have been pitted against their communities to be ruthless against mostly poor farmers who get into charcoal production as an alternative means of supplementing their low income from farming. The producers of charcoal have not been provided with alternative means of survival, rather they have been slapped with a ban, which in fact has not been enforced for decades.So long as the farming community continues to rely on crude tools to do farm work, they will not be able to make ends meet and in the absence of a comprehensive policy that promotes mechanized agriculture that takes into account a sustainable environment, they can engage in anything to make ends meet. This is the economics of survival that a regimental order cannot shatter.What is required is a sound economic policy that generates economic prosperity and dignity of livelihood not a flip flop policy that destroys livelihood. 1.9 million Gambians are not robots or regiments waiting for orders, but a people whose needs are to be met by elected representatives and who are capable of taking their destiny into their hands.
Kelly Stier testifies to the state Board of Fisheries in Anchorage on Dec. 2, 2015. (KDLG photo)Among the 73 proposals before the state Board of Fisheries this week are several the address permit stacking for both set-netters and drift fishermen.In public testimony so far, fishermen have been divided on whether or not that would be a good thing for the fishery.Dillingham resident Robin Samuelson is a former board of fish member who has been drift fishing his whole life. During public testimony, he said he doesn’t want fishermen to be allowed to use more than one permit.“I’m against all these stacking proposals,” he said. “I have two permits. I do stack on my boat. I don’t like it. I’ve never liked stacking permits. This stuff today is just going to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”Samuelson said he thinks the permit system itself isn’t working in Bristol Bay.“If you’re a Alaska Native living in rural Alaska, there’s only two things you have that people want,” he said. “That’s a native allotment and that’s a permit, a set or drift permit. The permit situation in Bristol Bay is broken. In my lifetime, I aim to see limited entry going away in Bristol Bay if we cant turn it around. It’s getting that bad.”But others said that allowing one person to use more than one permit is a way to make fishing more viable, particularly when prices are low. Kelly Stier said he thought permit stacking could help make the fishery more valuable by actually reducing the amount of gear in the water.“My hope is to see Bristol Bay an economically viable environment for years and generations to come,” Stier said. “Reducing the amount of gear in the water is the best way to ensure that every boat can generate the most from the fish we catch. Permit stacking has more support now than any previous board cycle, both in and outside the watershed.”Egegik fisherman Tom Huffer had a different idea: let each district decide for itself.“I’m in support of the stacking deal. Stacking permits for setnetters in Egegik,” he said. “If the Nushagak doesn’t want it, leave it up to the Nushagak. If we want it, why can’t we have it?”Fishermen also offered mixed views on transfer requirements. Right now, a fisherman must register in the district he wants to fish in — after a free week. Getting rid of that free week, and changing other regulations related to district transfers, is another contentious issue.Public testimony is expected to continue Thursday, and more discussion on transfer times and permit stacking is tentatively on the agenda for Friday.
Due to record low Chinook forecasts and state restrictions, Wrangell canceled its annual King Salmon Derby for the first time. Wrangell has held the longest king derby in Southeast Alaska, lasting a whole month. The local Chamber of Commerce will hold a Silver Salmon Derby instead.Other towns had limited or canceled their derbies in the past. But this marks the first change for Wrangell since the event’s beginning 65 years ago.Listen nowThe cancellation is due to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s area closures. The agency announced in January that District 8, at the mouth of the Stikine River, would be closed for sport retention from April to mid-July.The local chamber had anticipated further closures and got the official notice last week. Districts 6 and 7 are closed until mid-June. They encompass waters surrounding the entirety of Wrangell Island west to Coffman Cove.Cyni Crary is the executive director of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce.“It’s really unfortunate that our king salmon derby is being canceled, but there’s nothing we can do about it considering the closures. And so we feel like this is an excellent opportunity to bring back the coho salmon derby,” Crary said.Wrangell’s derby for silver or coho salmon is a throwback for the town. It was last held in the late 1970s. This marks the first time it will be held not in conjunction with a king derby.“And so this time people aren’t going to be able to fish for quite a while and retain the fish. So this is like, it will get people really excited to get on the water and compete,” Crary said.The silver derby is meant to supplement the excitement and the economic boost usually seen with the king derby. Folks from out of town come to Wrangell to fish the derby, and local retailers could always count on getting a boost from the event.“Just everything that people get when they go out fishing, from their fishing licenses, to their beer, to their bait,” Crary said.The Silver Salmon Derby will last from Aug. 11 through Sept. 3, but only on the weekends.This year’s derby tickets will be reduced from $35 to $20. The chamber will award weekly $250 cash prizes, with a $500 prize for Labor Day weekend. The top awards will be based on a cumulative three-fish catch. Those prizes are $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.
Phaze 10’s three managing partners, from left, William Hudson Jr., John Carter and Tony Randall Sr. (AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)It could be said that jazz is a genre best enjoyed by the musically mature. There are familiar patterns and progressions that form the scaffolding of music that one learns over time, and the gift of the jazz musician is to present something you think will end familiarly and instead surprise you with something completely unexpected—something unique and innovative, improvised at the spur of the moment.A similar approach undergirds one of Baltimore’s more unique entertainment establishments, Phaze 10, a full service restaurant that is also a live music venue, consciously oriented towards a mature crowd.“When we’re talking about ‘mature,’ we’re talking more about mature mentally than in terms of years,” said John Carter, one of Phaze 10’s three managing partners along with William Hudson Jr. and Tony Randall Sr., who all recently sat down with the AFRO to discuss the ethos behind the restaurant, located at the north end of Antique Row in Baltimore.“We wanted to try and create somewhere where people could come out, they could feel comfortable, they could feel safe, they could have a good time, have a good meal, and hear some good music,” added Carter.“A good meal” is certainly something of an understatement; “spectacular” would be a more appropriate adjective to describe the cuisine, which the three partners describe as southern food, avoiding the label “soul food” because they do not want to restrict what can be done with the menu. By popular demand, the owners agreed that Phaze 10’s two signature dishes are the catfish, an item which made the menu due to customer demand, and the cornbread, moist and served on a plate that has been drizzled with melted butter, which gives the cornbread that oh so necessary extra touch.The restaurant is adorned with images of jazz greats like Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and, of course, Billie Holiday.“These are musicians who what?” Randall, a musician himself, asked rhetorically. “Innovated. They took music and they went outside of the box and created something that nobody had ever heard of.”That sort of commitment to innovation also informs Phaze 10’s approach to its menu, which began with only five items that have been added to over time by having their chefs create original specials that, if well-received, end up on the regular menu. This gives Phaze 10’s chefs the opportunity to experiment, try new things and see what works, invoking the improvisational spirit of jazz music.“That’s what we’re trying to do with the food,” said Carter. “It usually goes over well—sometimes not—but it usually goes over well.”The menu, said Hudson, is ultimately a collaboration with the customers.“We are actively participating in this business, and what we do, we walk around the restaurant when we’re here and we listen to what the customer has to say. While we’re out in the streets and promoting the restaurant, we hear what they have to say and when we come back and meet . . . we take that into consideration so we can continue to meet the need or exceed the needs of the customers,” said Hudson.In addition to great food, Phaze 10 features live music almost every night and has separate areas for sit-down dining, listening to deejays who perform at the restaurant, and for dancing and enjoying the live music offerings, which include neo-soul and R&B in addition to jazz.But Phaze 10 is also a hub for community, and its owners want the venue to be a place where different organizations can come and hold their events, whether meetings, fundraisers, or as the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity recently did with their Blanket Baltimore event which collected blankets and other items for homeless charitable initiatives.“We try to make sure that organizations come out and, whatever their purpose is, utilize the space. . . . We have an IT background, so we try to marry the technology with the jazz, with the food. So we can do presentations, and meetings, and that kind of stuff, and those organizations can benefit from their event, the food and the music,” said Hudson.Phaze 10 is located at 885 N. Howard St. on Baltimore’s Antique Row. The dress code is business casual, with dressy jeans acceptable, and the restaurant features live music Wednesday through Saturday, from 8 p.m. to midnight. For more information about the venue, its hours, or menu, visit email@example.com
Juan Manuel Ayala Guarro, commissioner of the Federal Police reports that in the coming days, hundreds of vehicles per hour will be counted on the Cancun-Mérida highway, adding that the traffic count will be even higher along free roadways. Cancún, Q.R. — With fluctuating figures, the commissioner of the federal police says that now, Cancun roadways are seeing around 600 vehicles per hour, a number that will increase as the holiday season gets underway. He says that the Cancun federal police station participates in the Winter Safe Operative 2018-2019 with personnel from three divisions of Gendarmerie, Federal Forces and Regional Security, which cover the roadways. Ayala Guarro says that the Secure Winter Operative 2018-2019 began December 20 and will continue until January 6. He is recommending drivers to be alert and drive with caution due to the high number of vehicles on the roadways. He says starting out with a full tank of gas and avoiding stops in solitary places is also recommended and reminds drivers that driving under the influence of alcohol and narcotics is against the law, as is driving while using a cell phone. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) “We have 145 highway police in the state between the three stations of Chetumal, Carrillo Puerto and Cancún. We are working with Sedena, Semar and the other two government orders, the state and municipal, to ensure the safety of visitors and residents of the state,” he explained. He also advises drivers to plan trips accordingly, to locate ahead of time places such as gas stations and restaurants. He adds that it is important drivers check tires, engine operation and other vehicle factors such as the braking system, lights and windshield wipers.
March 23, 2009 – It is essential that image archive storage solution providers, PACS vendors and image modality manufacturers become aware of the growing requirements of storage space, according to Frost & Sullivan.According to analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s “Strategic Outlook into Archive Requirements for Image Management in Medical Imaging” report, the total European storage requirement in 2007 was 106,044 terabytes (TB). In this research, Frost & Sullivan’s expert analysts thoroughly examined medical image storage solutions markets in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux and Italy.”There is an increasing demand for digitizing medical images as opposed to the traditional film-based images,” said Frost & Sullivan research analyst Shriram Shanmugham. “Unlike film-based images, digital images do not decay over time and can easily be stored for longer periods of time. Digitized images require less inventory space and the same image can be accessed by multiple physicians simultaneously.”Moreover, the turn-around time from the initial meeting with the physician to availing complete diagnosis is reduced. As a result, patients can expect quicker appointments with physicians and they can have permanent access to the images from remote sites.However, certain images are not DICOM compatible and require a service-oriented approach in order to be archived. This is primarily because evolving healthcare standards such as DICOM and HL7 are being updated at a much slower pace than image archiving and image modality technology.Other challenges include ensuring interoperability with hospital-based information systems. Another issue is that diagnostic procedures such as echo and angiogram generate a high resolution, large file-size images, and their long retrieval times pose a concern for hospitals.”Some PACS vendors provide their own unique solution to archiving images that are not DICOM compatible, while others think it is wise to work around the evolving healthcare standards so that, in the future, systems interoperability is streamlined,” said Shanmugham. “This trend of providing solutions to images that are not DICOM compatible will be prevalent over the next five to seven years.”The digitized medical imaging archives market requires complete cooperation among the following three major industry participants: PACS vendors, image modality manufacturers and storage solution providers. Some PACS vendors have indicated that it would be convenient for them if image modality manufacturers provided them with test data before an image modality is released into the market. By having the test data before hand, PACS vendors affirmed that they could easily establish connectivity (interoperability) of their module with the image modality.”Hospitals cannot afford to experience an image server downtime,” concludes Shanmugham. “It is therefore essential that storage solution providers devise innovative technology that obviates the possibility of such server downtime.”For more information: www.frost.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. 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Related posts:Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated for ‘Shark Enemy of the Year’ award Judge’s ruling opens the door to legalized shark finning in Costa Rica, conservation groups say Could judicial decisions unravel Chinchilla’s conservation legacy? Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China? In 2006, the private docks in the Pacific fishing hub of Puntarenas served as the clandestine headquarters for some of the world’s largest shark-finning operations. That year, German environmental group Sharkproject named Costa Rica’s then-president Abel Pacheco the “Shark Enemy of the Year.”Today the docks are closed, and on Wednesday, Sharkproject gave out an award to another Costa Rican president, Laura Chinchilla. The organization called her “Shark Guardian of the Year.”“We are at the starting point for worldwide change against the finning industry,” said Gerhart Wegner, Sharkproject’s president. “This all began here, in Costa Rica.”For Costa Rica, it began with the rise in popularity of the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup at the end of the last century. Unable to meet the demand for fins in Asian waters, foreign fishing fleets turned to Costa Rica’s substantial shark population. Fishermen decimated the nation’s sharks, killing off more than 90 percent of some species and leaving coastal communities that relied on shark meat as a food source with nothing to fish.While the prices of fins soared up to $700 a kilogram, shark meat remained inexpensive. To maximize the space in their holds, fishermen began hacking off the shark’s fins, tossing the still-breathing creature back into the sea, unable to swim.“What we have here is an environmental crime, a social crime and an economic crime, performed in one of the most perverse ways ever before seen,” Environment Minister René Castro said at the ceremony.Though Costa Rica first banned shark finning in 2001, the practice continued through loopholes and illegal operations at private docks. Despite court orders to close private docks to foreign ships in 2006, Chinchilla’s two immediate predecessors (Abel Pacheco and Óscar Arias) left them open.In 2010, her first year as president, Chinchilla ordered all foreign fishing vessels to unload their cargo on public docks. Two years later, Chinchilla signed a blanket ban on shark finning and shark fin imports, further strengthening the country’s anti-finning law.“We went through two presidents, two court resolutions, and Chinchilla was the one who got it done,” Randall Arauz, president of the Marine Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Pretoma), told The Tico Times. “She deserves this award.”The Shark Guardian Award is Chinchilla’s second ocean policy award. In 2011 she also received a Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in National Ocean Administration.This year’s Shark Enemy Award went to Colin Barnett, the premier of Western Australia, for the government’s new plans to hunt and kill sharks that swim close to popular beaches.While environmental groups have been pleased with Chinchilla’s marine protection efforts, many believe that she could do more.On Nov. 19 Chinchilla signed an executive decree establishing size and weight limits for sharks and manta rays caught for sale to go into effect in 2015. In his speech before presenting the award, Arauz applauded the decree, but because of the two-year grace period, accused Chinchilla of passing the buck to the next government.“This new shark decree irresponsibly delegates the enforcement of shark management to the next government,” Arauz said. “We want this government to take responsibility and pass these reforms.”In addition to moving up the decree’s deadline, Arauz encouraged the president to make changes the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) before the end of her term in May.With Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential race looming, the elimination or restructuring of Incopesca’s board of directors has become a common demand from environmental groups.In her acceptance speech, Chinchilla addressed Arauz’s remarks saying that it “is not [her] style to kick the ball forward to the next government,” and later said that an Incopesca reform bill was currently in progress and should be presented in the next two months.“We haven’t stopped working,” Chinchilla said. “We will keep working until the very last day.” Facebook Comments
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There will likely be a slower pace of sales in the Chinese cherry market this season, according to one importer.The first batch of sea freight Chilean cherries arrived at the Guangzhou Jiangnan market – the biggest fresh produce market in China – on Dec. 14, followed by the second batch a week later.“At the moment, sales remain average as the cherry price is higher than the normal market price,” Zhang Ji, manager of trading company Jiguoxuan, told Fresh Fruit Portal.“As more shipments arrive, the market is seeing a lower price and perhaps the cherry sales will increase,” said Jie.Jie said consumers are waiting for prices to drop when greater volumes arrive.He said that the Royal Dawn variety currently accounts for around two-thirds of Chilean cherry supply, with Santina representing the rest.“Santina has better quality and the price is around $14 higher than Royal Dawn,” Jie said.According to Freshport, market prices for a 5-kilo box are US$58 and US$70, for Royal Dawn and Santina respectively.The general market sale for Royal Dawn has seen a decrease in comparison to the same period last year, and Jie said it’s likely that there will be leftovers“The qualities of the Royal Dawn reduced partly due to the hail in Chile this year, there are visible blemishes and the tastes are more sour,” he said.Jie also believed there that a greater proportion of volumes would be sold directly to retailers this year.“The Chilean cherries will see less popularity as the north region starts to produce their own cherries for direct shipment to retailers with lower market price. The Guangzhou Jiangnan wholesale market will become less popular,” he said.He also expected prices to remain high during the Chinese New Year period in February and believed they would drop quickly afterward. You might also be interested in December 24 , 2018 U.S.: Half of California cherry crop devastated by … Turkish cherry industry confident of strong future … Canada’s cherry industry suffers 50% drop in seaso … U.S.: Disaster aid change would benefit cherry gro …
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