Since the opener, the sport salmon season has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. It started out with a bang, but the fish have been pretty fickle since. With no established pattern or consistent sign, charter and sport boats have been on the hunt almost daily. “Every day has been different,” said Capt. Tony Sepulveda of Shellback Sport Fishing. “We haven’t seen any type of pattern as of yet, nothing really to go back to everyday. And we’ve covered a lot of water, from the Cape to Trinidad …
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.NEWARK, N.J. — Instead of flying East from Los Angeles with the rest of the team, Joe Thornton returned to San Jose on Saturday to meet with doctors about swelling in his surgically repaired right knee.Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer downplayed the situation Sunday, describing the decision to leave Thornton back as precautionary. The team placed Thornton on short-term injured reserve, meaning he can’t play before next …
9 September 2010Free, face-to-face, personal advice and assistance with anything financial – from debt issues to bank accounts, wills, taxes, car purchases and burial societies – is now available, with no strings attached, from a new venture called iMali Matters.A joint venture between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Credit Ombud, FinMark Trust and African Bank, the Money Advice Association – trading as iMali Matters – aims to give South African consumers free, informed advice on money matters across the consumer spectrum.“Lack of education in financial matters and knowing where to go when things go wrong are just some of the issues that affect many South Africans,” iMali Matters states on its website.“With approximately 13-million unbanked or incorrectly banked South Africans, there is a great need to assist people in gaining knowledge to make the correct choices about their money.”Three pilot advice centres have recently opened – in Wynberg, Cape Town, in central Durban, and in Germiston.iMali Matters contacts, advice centresEach centre, according to The Star, is staffed by two expert counsellors “who will not only deal with individual cases, but [also] conduct free workshops and lectures on topics most needed in their areas”.Each centre will also be equipped to provide a phone-in service to complement the walk-in service.Imali Matters offers advice on specific needs, such as savings, signing contracts, taking insurance, inheritance, budgeting, financial products, getting the best deal, understanding account statements (including interest and charges), and understanding credit bureaus and reports.Members of the public can also visit iMali Matters for redress on issues such as defaults, legal action, over-indebtedness, emolument attachment orders, overcharging, defective products, harmful business practices and unlawful contracts.Visits will, “unless countered by the consumer, include a needs analysis of the consumer’s financial health … with specific and general guidance,” iMali Matters states on its website.The advice offered, Credit Ombud Manie van Schalkwyk told The Star, “will be unbiased, not based on any brand or institution, and will not result in a sale. We have our own brand – iMali Matters – and will not be linked to any commercial venture.”The pilot project, according to the Money Advice Association, will test the feasibility of offering money advice to low-income people in South Africa, working in urban areas to begin with. Funding for the pilot project is being provided by the Financial Education Fund and African Bank.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
SOUTH AFRICA must get on with proving it is worthy of its membership of the BRICS group of developing nations. That was the message from a roundtable discussion led by Dr Jim O’Neill and co-hosted by Brand SA in Cape Town yesterday.O’Neill, who coined the term BRICS to refer to the earlier group of developing nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China), led the discussion on ‘the s in BRICS’ (South Africa) with a group of ambassadors of One Young World, a charity that brings together bright young people from around the world to create positive change.While many have questioned the inclusion of South Africa over the continent’s other developing powerhouse, Nigeria, O’Neill mentioned the country’s relatively sophisticated financial services industry and its long history of trade relations with other members in the group as among reasons for its inclusion.Evidence of South Africa’s ability to punch above its weight includes the success of the BRICS summit in March in Durban. Outcomes from this meeting, including the idea of an international development bank for the developing world, seemed to set the BRICS club on a course of action after almost a decade of scheming and dreaming.Now, O’Neill said, the time had come for the newest member of the group to get on with proving it deserved that seat at the table.During the roundtable meeting nine OYW ambassadors had a chance to comment on ‘the s in BRICS’. Most expressed their hope and excitement at the possibilities for South Africa to learn from its BRICS partners, especially in areas such as education and unemployment.One Young World hosts an annual summit – apparently second only to the Olympics in number of countries that participate – that “offers international decision-makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading”. South Africa is hosting the fourth One Young World summit from 2 to 5 October this year. Brand SA is a sponsor of the prestigious event that will see 1 300 delegates from 190 countries gather at the Sandton Convention Centre “to share their visions, views and ideas to create practical and achievable commitments for positive change”.The summit gives bright young people the kind of media platform ordinarily afforded to those who lead countries and corporations.Delegates speak alongside respected global figures selected for their work and insight into matters affecting the whole world, and young people in particular. Last year, former US President Bill Clinton addressed the delegates to the conference in Pittsburgh in the US.Founded by David Jones, global chief executive of Havas, and South African-born Kate Robertson, UK group chairman of Havas Worldwide, the One Young World Summit is “a unique event that offers international decision makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading”.For more informationwww.OneYoungWorld.com
Enterprise Green Communities is seeking qualified consultants to expand its Technical Assistance Providers Network in response to the growing demand for specialized technical assistance designing, developing, and operating green affordable housing developments. Enterprise has released its second national Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify the nation’s leading green professionals in the residential building sector. The objective of this RFQ is to expand the delivery of technical assistance to local affordable housing developers.The network of approved technical assistance providers will support project teams in one or more of the following categories:Integrated DesignDesign ReviewEnergy ServicesConstruction ReviewHVAC and Air Sealing/Insulation Walk-ThroughsHealthy Living EnvironmentPost-Construction Completion ReviewOperations and MaintenanceInterested parties are encouraged to submit a response to this RFQ that conveys organizational qualifications and project experience byJuly 19, 2010.To access the RFQ go to: http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org/tools/resources/technical_assistance.asp
Trends, news and views. Interview: The StorytellerWinner of the Best Director Award at the Osian Cine Fan Film Festival, Ajita Suchitra Veera talks about the changing landscape of alternative cinema. Q. What is the story behind the name Ballad Of Rustom?A. This film is about those people who hail from,Trends, news and views.Interview: The StorytellerWinner of the Best Director Award at the Osian Cine Fan Film Festival, Ajita Suchitra Veera talks about the changing landscape of alternative cinema.Q. What is the story behind the name Ballad Of Rustom?A. This film is about those people who hail from small towns and seem very ordinary, but have extraordinary talent. It’s a ballad because the story is set to music.Q. Is the director an androgynous concept for you?A. The director is an individual. It’s not about being male or female. Most characters in my film are men. As an artist, I believe a human being encompasses a whole range of ideas and for me it’s irrelevant to debate the man-woman angle.Q. Why did you choose filmmaking as a medium of expression?A. No other art form comes as close as cinema does in portraying the human experience. It’s a beautiful medium.Q. Do you care for distinctions between mainstream and alternative cinema?A. There should be no boundaries or labels. It’s all about having an inclusive film culture in India. We should all aspire for original, imaginative work.Q. Why did you experiment with medium and technology for Ballad Of Rustom?A. I shot my film on 35mm cinemascope with sync (live) sound. It was an intentional aesthetic choice for I love 35mm film and I am old school when it comes to making movies.Health kickGreat news. Eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day lowers stress levels. What’s more, it’s rich in compounds like theobromine. 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It’s a great opportunity to experiment with the professional DSLR you bought yourself on your last birthday.Tip: Take a few test shots at home before you leave. Get comfortable with the flash and lighting options and make sure you pack enough extendable memory. You don’t want to fumble with these tiny details as the great moments of your life pass you by.advertisementVacation watchTry an adventure sport. Relaxation is all well and good, but to get your blood pumping and your adrenaline running is important too. Don’t just snooze through your next break, find a new experience.Switch off. No Blackberries, no Facebook, no Twitter, no texting. Ban technology and if you must use your iPhone at all, it should be to locate the closest local attraction.Be your own guide. All you get on pre-arranged tour guides is a busload of old people and souvenirs that burn a hole in your pocket. Draw out your own travel plan and make sure you experience a city by walking its streets.Don’t be shy. Of eating, of talking and letting yourself go. Be careful of tricksters and pick-pockets but don’t be afraid of trying new things on vacation, local food and wine being on top of that list.Keep a journal. A daily log of what you did, where you went and what you saw. This way, you can always re-visit your vacation without forgetting the little details.Fresh stock (New Releases)Rabbit Rap By Musharraf Ali Farooqui and Michelle FarooquiMidsummer Station By Owl CityThe Expendables 2 Starring Sly Stallone
British prime minister Theresa May reacts after tellers announced the results of the vote Brexit deal in Parliament in London, Britain on 12 March in this screen grab taken from video. Photo: ReutersBritish MPs resoundingly rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a second time on Tuesday, plunging the country into further uncertainty just 17 days before it is due to split from the European Union.The House of Commons voted 391-242 against the divorce deal, even after May secured further guarantees from Brussels over its most controversial elements.The move risks unleashing economic chaos, as Britain is scheduled to end ties with its biggest trade partner after 46 years on 29 March no matter what.Appearing before MPs in a voice half-breaking due to a cold, May defiantly vowed to fight on, saying she “profoundly” rejected the outcome.“The deal we’ve negotiated is the best and indeed the only deal,” she told the hushed chamber moments after the vote.May promised to allow MPs to vote on a “no deal” option on Wednesday and, if that is rejected as expected, to decide on Thursday whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit.She said parliament faced “unenviable choices” if it voted for an extension, including revoking Brexit, holding a second referendum or leaving with another deal.However, euro sceptics believe the current deal is so bad that it is worth the risk of leaving with no plan.The latest vote comes two years after Britain set the clock ticking on its departure from the EU following a highly divisive referendum in 2016.Michel Barnier, the EU chief Brexit negotiator, said Brussels had nothing more to offer and must now brace for the possibility of a messy divorce.“The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line,” Barnier tweeted.“The impasse can only be solved in the #UK. Our ‘no-deal’ preparations are now more important than ever before.”But a spokeswoman for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said EU members would consider a “reasoned request” for a Brexit delay.Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday that it was becoming increasingly likely that Britain would crash out of the bloc with no deal in place, accusing the country of “gambling carelessly with the well-being of citizens and the economy”.“Unfortunately, I can only say that at the moment Germany has prepared for all the worst cases as well as possible,” Heiko Maas said.Not a single changeJeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour party who has been trying to force snap elections, said May must now admit that her government’s overarching strategy had failed.“Their deal, their proposal, the one the prime minister’s put, is clearly dead,” Corbyn said, calling on her to negotiate for a softer Brexit to keep close economic ties with the EU.After MPs first rejected the 585-page Brexit deal in January, May promised changes to the hated backstop plan which is intended to keep open the border with EU member Ireland.She announced she had secured the promised “legally binding changes” to the backstop—which would keep Britain in the EU’s customs union if and until a new way was found to avoid frontier checks—after a last-minute trip to Strasbourg to meet EU leaders on the eve of the vote.Hours later, however, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the additions would not completely allay MPs fears of being trapped in the arrangement forever.It did not take long for Brexit-supporting MPs in May’s Conservative party, and her allies, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to declare their opposition.Some eurosceptics did change their mind, urging their colleagues not to risk everything.Former minister Edward Leigh said: “You may not like the deal, it’s not perfect, but it delivers Brexit and let’s go for it.”But the margin of Tuesday’s defeat was not substantially smaller than the 230-vote thumping the plan suffered on 15 January.The pound, which has been highly volatile since the 2016 referendum, initially rose after the vote but then sank against both the euro and dollar.No third chanceThe backstop is designed to protect the peace process in Northern Ireland, which involved the removal of border checks with the Republic of Ireland.Brexit supporters wanted a unilateral way out of it, or a time limit to the arrangement, but the EU said this would make it worthless.Leaders across Europe also united behind a message that this was the best and final offer Britain could expect.“There will be no third chance,” Juncker said after his talks on Monday with May.If MPs vote against a no-deal exit on Wednesday, and want to postpone Brexit, the other 27 EU nations would need to agree.Their leaders will meet in Brussels for a summit on 21-22 March.But any postponement may have to be short-lived.Juncker on Monday said Brexit “should be complete before the European elections” at the end of May.