Facebook113Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig January 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any open beach before noon. Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted this is the first razor clam opening at Kalaloch since 2012. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn’t been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams.“Diggers can expect to see smaller clams at Kalaloch as compared to other beaches, but we expect most folks will be pleased to have a chance to dig there,” Ayres said. “We’re looking forward to announcing additional digs at Kalaloch in the coming months.”The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is approved on the following dates and low tides: Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; KalalochKalaloch beach is more remote than other clamming sites and diggers are encouraged to be well prepared. Photo credit: Douglas Scott.Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; KalalochOlympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum noted that diggers should be prepared for Kalaloch’s remote location. “Kalaloch is considerably more isolated than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions,” she said. “This year’s digs are scheduled for daylight hours, but people should still be prepared with flashlights or lanterns for any evening or twilight walks.”Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.More information about razor clamming, as well as a list of proposed digs, can be found on WDFW’s website.
South Africa needs to use its strengths, tied up in the spirit of ubuntu, to our advantage.(Image: Brand South Africa) 30 August 2016South Africa was still a young, evolving nation, agreed participants in the Culture, Heritage and People plenary session of the Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum. It was, however, a nation of stories, with a people who were inventive, spellbinding storytellers.The forum is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally. It was launched by Brand South Africa on 24 August 2016.It is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.The plenary participants said that apart from this storytelling talent, South Africans were also passionate, friendly, tolerant and kind. These qualities – summed up in one word, ubuntu – were the strength and advantage that set the country apart from other nations. This was what people experienced when they visited South Africa, and what they remembered when they returned home.The group took the time to define arts, culture and heritage to guide their conversation. For the group, the arts served as a means of individual and collective creativity and expression. It was through art that a nation created identity.This identity, especially as it was expressed through popular art forms, was our culture, the things we held important that formed our collective identity.Heritage, in the opinion of the group, was the shared inheritance that South Africans embraced as a people.Together, they created an identity that referred to as Brand South Africa. If it was true that a brand was more than symbols, as was argued in the group, and was the emotional connection a person formed through experience, then South Africa worked from a position of strength.How best to take advantage of its strengths led to lively debate. Through consensus, participants decided on four points:– South Africans needed to focus on their shared history and heritage.– They needed to document their history, keeping in mind the context.– South Africans needed to avoid selective amnesia.– The country needed to build up and promote new icons who embodied the South African story.In relooking at who South Africans were, it was important to remember their place in Africa, geographically and historically. South Africa had a unique recent history, one that gave it a louder voice to change the “heart of darkness” narrative people used to tell the story of Africa.For Brand South Africa, it is important to find a way to change the misguided, but popular narrative of the country. The country should remind the world that it is a “nation of achievers in the midst of adversity”. South Africa’s great richness is its rich heritage and cultural history. (Image: Brand South Africa)
Smart meter case settledA protracted legal squabble over the installation of smart meters in a Chicago suburb may be at an end.According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville City Council has voted to pay Kim Bendis $117,500 to settle her federal lawsuit alleging the city and police officers violated her constitutional rights during an arrest two years. Bendis, an outspoken critics of the city’s plan to install smart meters, was filming a smart meter installation at the time.As GBA reported earlier, Bendis and a group she founded objected to the installation of smart meters on privacy grounds. A federal district court judge earlier this year, however, blocked the group’s efforts to stop the installations. Colorado now offers energy scorecardColorado has become the second state in the country to offer the Home Energy Score program, a rating system that provides home efficiency scores and recommendations to both buyers and sellers.The rating system was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in Colorado will be run by the state’s Energy Office. Connecticut began offering the program in April and a number of other states also have expressed interest, the Energy Department said.Qualified assessors collect information about a property and generate a score on a scale of 1 to 10. Assessments give buyers the benefit of an energy rating similar to the miles-per-gallon sticker on a vehicle, and guide sellers on how to make their houses more attractive to buyers.Colorado is offering $750 for every 1-point improvement a borrower makes on the score at the time of purchase or refinance, up to $3,000 for a 4-point improvement, DOE said. Price of solar energy hits all-time lowUtility-scale solar developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging 5 cents per kilowatt hour, an all-time low, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said in a report.The lab attributed lower prices to lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a surge in the number of projects in anticipation of a sharp cut in the investment tax credit at the end of 2016. Utility-Scale Solar 2014 also reports that installed project costs have dropped by more than 50% since 2009, with median up-front costs falling from about $6.30 per watt in 2009 to $3.10/watt for projects completed last year.Newer projects also generate electricity more efficiently. Projects finished in 2013 had an average capacity factor of 29.4% in 2014, what the lab called a “notable improvement” over projects built in 2012 and 2012. Power purchase agreements also have fallen to new lows, the report said, and make solar “an increasingly cost-competitive option for utilites.” Student design competition opensThe U.S. Department of Energy is looking for college design teams to develop plans for low-cost, zero-energy homes suitable for mainstream builders.Registration is now open for DOE’s 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, to take place at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., next April 16 and 17.The 2015 competition attracted 33 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian universities. According to the DOE website, teams are given a specific design problem and asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new design that satisfies project requirements.There are four categories, with up to 10 teams competing in each: suburban single-family detached, urban single-family detached, attached (two- to six-unit duplex or townhouse style), and small multifamily (three or fewer stories above grade). There’s more information at the Department of Energy website. PHIUS wins foundation grantThe Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has picked up a $200,000 grant that will fund its efforts to develop high-performance affordable housing.The money, awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, helped pay for programming related to multifamily Passivhaus housing at the recent North American Passive House Conference in Chicago.In addition, the grant will underwrite a variety of related PHIUS efforts on multifamily construction, including a design guide for wall assemblies, ventilation and other building components; more technical support for WUFI Passive, the modeling software used for building design; and webinars specific to multifamily design and construction.The money will be paid out over an 18-month period and furthers the organization’s goal of broadening the reach of its North American building standard.“Over the past 10 years, PHIUS has made significant progress in developing a solid designmethodology and energy performance standard appropriate for North American climates andconstruction practices,” the organization said in a news release. “Until recently, however, passive house remained something of a boutique niche for forward-thinking single-family homeowners. Not any more.”PHIUS also said it was compiling presentation slides and selected videotapes from the Chicago conference and making them available online. For more, browse its interactive website and follow the links. A business code for solar installersThe Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has adopted a new business code to guide transactions between solar companies and their customers.The SEIA Solar Business Code covers advertising, customer acquisition, sales and marketing, and terms of contracts with consumers. The trade group has published the code at its website.“We’ve had a Code of Ethics for years, but wanted to push further in consumer protection,” CEO Rhone Resch said in a news release. “SEIA and the solar industry are taking the right path in helping to make sure both solar companies and consumers fully understand each and every transaction.”The rapid increase in residential solar installations has brought some growing pains to the industry. Early this year, more than a dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked two federal agencies to investigate claims that consumers might be targets of “potentially deceptive sales tactics.”SEIA later published a residential consumer guide to solar power. The Federal Trade Commission also has published a guide for consumers.
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “This win was really important because we could’ve been 0-3 and at the bottom, and now we’re at par with a lot of teams even UST,” said De Leon, who had 11 points for Ateneo.Skipper Maddie Madayag said the trust they put on each other finally showed amid UST’s relentless push.“I guess the trust we have with each other was there because if we don’t have it there’s really nowhere to go,” said Madayag who finished with nine points. “And I think their confidence is slowly starting to show especially when they receive UST’s hits.”Kat Tolentino and Jhoanna Maraguinot also had 11 points apiece for Ateneo while Samonte added 10.Rondina had 22 points to lead the Goden Tigresses while Alessandrini and Tin Francisco combined for 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ateneo tacked its first win after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles improved to 1-2 to sport the same record as UST, which lost its libero Rica Rivera to a knee injury in the first set.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: UST libero Rivera suffers knee injury vs AteneoAfter trailing, 16-12, in the fourth set, the Lady Eagles battled back and took a 21-18 edge after Jules Samonte threaded the needle through UST’s blockade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCherry Rondina tried to keep UST alive with a booming kill that cut Ateneo’s lead to 24-22 and a triple block on Bea De Leon trimmed it further to 24-23.De Leon, however, finished off UST with her next kill bouncing off the defense of UST rookie Milena Alessandrini. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belangel stars as Ateneo completes UAAP juniors sweep
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho.
Mumbai: Four opposition Congress-NCP legislators in Maharashtra resigned from the State Assembly on Tuesday, amid talk of their joining the ruling BJP. NCP MLAs Shivendrasinhraje Bhosale (Satara), Vaibhav Pichad (Akole) and Sandeep Naik (Airoli) and Congress MLA Kalidas Kolambkar (Naigaon) handed over their resignation letters separately to Speaker Haribhau Bagade at the state legislature building Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai. I am more interested in protecting the interest of my assembly constituency,” said Bhosale, whose cousin Udayanraje Bhosale is NCP MP from Satara. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Vaibhav Pichad hails from Akole tehsil in Ahmednagar district and is the son of former NCP minister Madhukar Pichad. Vaibhav’s assembly segment adjoins that of Balasaheb Thorat, the new state Congress president. Maharashtra BJP leaders have been harping that the party aims to win at least 220 of the total 288 Assembly seats along with allies. Kolambkar is a seven-term lawmaker from Mumbai, while Shivendrasinhraje Bhosale won the Satara seat in 2014 by 47,813 votes. The four MLAs are likely to join the BJP on Wednesday, sources said. These would be the latest inductions in the BJP ahead of Maharashtra Assembly polls due in just over two months. NCP’s Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir recently quit the party to join the Shiv Sena, while Jaydutt Kshirsagar, NCP leader and former Maharashtra Minister, joined the Shiv Sena in May.
TORONTO – North American markets recovered some of the prior day’s deep losses, continuing the volatility of recent weeks.There was a pretty solid rebound Thursday overall, said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist for SIA Wealth Management.“Not only did we see stocks come back but we saw oil come back, which I thought also was encouraging since both of them had been hammered pretty badly in the last week,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was up 51 cents at US$67.33 per barrel. That’s still the third-lowest level in two months.“I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet and I still think there’s going to be bumpy and choppy 13 more weeks but it’s definitely really encouraging to see investors step up and for markets to hang onto their gains.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.95 points at 14,924.08 after losing 376.04 points on Wednesday. It hit an intraday high of 15,009.91 on 296.8 million shares traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector led, gaining 2.8 per cent, followed by the technology and energy sectors.“It was a good day for technology on this side of the border too, it’s just that it’s not as big in the Canadian market, but we’re definitely benefiting from the same forces that drove up tech stocks in the States,” said Cieszynski.Gold was one of four sectors that lost ground, along with materials, utilities and telecom.Financials and real estate were in the middle, gaining less than half a per cent on the day.Cieszynski said he expected financials could struggle with interest rates on the rise.“That impacts all the interest-sensitive sectors — financials, real estate, utilities — as all kind of stuck in the same boat at this point.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 401.12 points to 24,984.55 after Wednesday’s selloff pushed the market to a loss for the year. The S&P 500 index was up 49.47 points to 2,705.57, while the Nasdaq composite was up 209.93 points or almost three per cent to 7,318.34.Although markets are going through a period of high volatility, they will likely recover later in the year, added Cieszynski.He noted that corporate results have generally been positive even though some haven’t met expectations.“It’s not like the wheels are falling off, it’s just that markets got way too far ahead of themselves and needed to come back to earth and that’s what we’ve been seeing, but I do think that the underlying North American economy remains positive.”The upcoming U.S. midterm elections could cause further uncertainty and contribute to volatility dragging well into November, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.48 cents US compared with an average of 76.75 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was up 2.9 of a cent at US$3.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.30 at US$1,232.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.3 of a cent at US$2.75 a pound.
The Forest and Range Practices Act governs on-the-ground forest and range activities on B.C.’s public forests and rangelands.According to the Government, feedback from the engagement process will inform changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations that are planned over the next two years.Feedback can be provided until July 15, 2019.Feedback forms are available online through the Government of B.C.’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. is seeking public input for improving the Forest and Range Practices Act.Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says making changes to the Act will help strengthen the Government’s oversight of the forest sector and improve forest management.“Making changes to the act is essential to strengthen the Government’s oversight of the forest sector and improve public trust in how our forests and rangelands are managed. We want to improve the legislation to ensure it will continue to sustainably manage our forests and rangelands in the face of climate change.”
Noida: Armed robbers barged into the house of a timber dealer in sector 8 area of Noida and robbed valuables worth lakhs by keeping the family hostage. Police have registered a case while they are suspecting involvement of some known persons behind the robbery.Vijay Singh, a timber dealer, lives with his family in sector 8 area of Noida. Singh’s two sons have gone to attend a marriage in Delhi along with their wives while other members were present at home at the time of incident. At around 10:30 pm on Tuesday, two robbers knocked the door of their house and asked them to open the door as a fire has been reported outside. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSoon after one of Singh’s daughter-in-law, who was present at the house, opened the door, the assailants barged into the house, stuffed a cloth into her mouth and tied her hands and legs. One of robbers opened the lock of almirah with a duplicate key while another kept a watch on movement of other family members present at home. Family members have alleged that the assailants fled away with valuables and cash worth Rs 10-15 lakhs. Meanwhile police have lodged a case into the matter while they are probing the case. “Prima Facie it appears that the robbers were known to the family as they were aware of other family member’s visit to marriage. We have also gathered some important clues into the case and are expecting to make a breakthrough soon” a senior police officer of sector 20 police station said.