In a process that had more twists and turns than San Francisco’s Lombard Street, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Wednesday released three preliminary alternatives for managing salmon fisheries from Humbug Mountain (OR) to Horse Mountain (which includes Humboldt County). According to the PFMC, 359,200 Klamath and 229,432 Sacramento fall Chinook are said to be swimming in the ocean, which should provide what we didn’t have last year – opportunity. As you recall, in 2017 the …
19 February 2013The arrest of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius following the shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at Pistorius’ home in Pretoria last week has focused considerable attention, in the local and international media, on gun laws and gun ownership in South Africa.In 2004, new legislation came into force in South Africa, in the form of the Firearms Control Act of 2000, that brought in significantly tougher controls on the ownership, possession and use of firearms in the country.According to South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics, the level of gun-related crime in the country dropped by 21.2% between 2004/5 and 2011/12.Gun-related homicide, ‘intimate femicide’While this was in line with a general decrease in crime levels reported over the same period, there is evidence to support a statement made by SA’s Ministry of Police in December that the drop in gun-related crime was thanks to the new gun law.Anti-gun organisation Gun Free South Africa, in its February update, cites data gleaned from countrywide mortuary statistics by the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System showing the percentage of firearm homicides in South Africa’s major centres – Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria – dropping from 29% in 2002 to 10.8% in 2008.Fact-checking website Africa Check found further corroboration of the police ministry’s claim in research by the Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit on the murder of women by their “intimate partners”, which found that the use of guns in such cases almost halved between 1999 and 2009.For Gun Free South Africa, there is no doubt that the reason for the decreasing role of firearms in violent crime in the country is because the Firearms Control Act “drastically raised the bar for gun ownership, thereby excluding people who aren’t fit and proper”.Two-stage licence application processWhile gun owners’ associations will continue to dispute this, it is certainly the intention behind the legislation, which stipulates, among other things, that:A would-be gun owner must first apply to be declared fit to obtain a firearm licence, and be issued with a competency certificate. Only then can he or she apply for a firearm licence, which licenses the person while registering the specific firearm applied for. The applicant must supply third-party character references, and pass background checks which take criminal, mental, medical, domestic violence, addiction, employment, and previous licence records into account. The would-be owner must demonstrate an understanding of firearm safety and the law by passing theoretical tests and undergoing practical training. Once licensed, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their licence every two to 10 years. Where past history or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law stipulates that a gun licence be denied or revoked. Firearm handoverThe law gave existing licence holders five years in which to renew their licences or, failing that, to lawfully disposed of them of surrender them to the authorities for destruction.According the SAPS, some 180 000 firearms were voluntarily surrendered to the police between January 2005 and March 2009. Most of these firearms were destroyed.In spite of this, levels of gun ownership remain high in South Africa. Gun Free SA cites the Central Firearms Registry as reporting that there were approximately 2.9-million firearms registered to just over 1.5-million civilians in SA in August 2011 – down from 3.5-million in the hands of 2.4-million individuals in 1994, when the country held its first democratic elections.Other estimates, taking into account illegal firearms, put that number much higher. Sydney, Australia-based GunPolicy.org, citing an international study published in 2007, estimates that there are almost 6-million privately held guns in SA.The Ministry of Police remains undaunted. Spokesman Zweli Mnisi said in December that gun control was “at the heart of the ministry’s strategy to combat violent crime”, adding that systems were also being put in place “to ensure that firearms that are in the hands of the police and security officers are properly monitored to prevent loss and abuse.“This forms part of the ministry’s holistic approach to combating crime, which includes the promotion of responsible ownership of firearms.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Just in time for the upcoming fall harvest, pumpkin growers can learn more about 70 varieties of jack-o’-lanterns, colored pumpkins, pie pumpkins and specialty pumpkin cultivars during a Sept. 15 field night offered by horticultural experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, the Pumpkin Field Day will also offer growers the newest research on pumpkin pest and disease control, said Charissa Gardner, program assistant with South Centers.“The workshop is designed for anyone that grows pumpkins currently, or anyone that is interested in starting to grow them,” Gardner said. “In addition to offering information on pumpkin crop management, we’ll also offer growers information on pumpkin disease screening for resistance to powdery mildew, downy mildew, anthracnose and white speck.”Brad Bergefurd, an Ohio State University Extension educator, will lead the field night. In addition to a walking tour of the center’s pumpkin variety evaluations and field research trials, the field night will include information on integrated pest management techniques, Israeli drip irrigation management and a new cooperative pumpkin marketing opportunity for Ohio growers.The field night is free and open to the public and includes refreshments. The deadline to register is Sept. 13. For more information or to register, contact Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132.
The Solar Decathlon team from Texas offers a peek at its entry for the fall contestWe’re still five months from the kickoff of the 2009 Solar Decathlon, which will run October 8-18 in Washington, D.C. But one of the 20 teams of university students selected to compete is offering the public a preview of its entry, an 800-square-foot structure called the Ze-Row House.It’s a short preview. From noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday (May 8), the Rice University team (the only Decathlon competitor from Texas) will lead tours of the house at its construction site on the Rice campus (6100 Main Street, near the corner of College Way and Alumni Drive, if you happen to be visiting or live in Houston).As we noted in a previous GBA news blog, Solar Decathlon teams are selected by a committee of engineers, scientists, and other experts from the Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who review prospective entrants’ proposals for creating highly energy efficient, solar-powered homes at relatively low cost. Over a two-year period, the 20 teams chosen to compete further develop their proposals and eventually bring them to life on the National Mall.Each Solar Decathlon team competes in 10 areas: architecture (for a maximum of 100 points), market viability (100 points), engineering (100 points), lighting design (75 points), communications (75 points), comfort zone (100 points), hot water (100 points), appliances (100 points), home entertainment (100 points), and net metering (150 points).It is not uncommon for teams to develop, transport, and assemble their projects at a cost of $500,000 or more. But because its house is designed to serve low-income residents in Houston’s Third Ward, the Rice team has been working with much narrower economic strictures. It’s Ze-Row House, which was developed in consultation with local nonprofit arts and culture group Project Row Houses, was created with a building and materials budget of about $150,000, so that its design and concepts could be replicated in six energy-efficient, one- and two-bedroom homes on two 50-by-80-foot lots in Houston’s Third Ward.More than 100 members of the Rice community, from a variety of disciplines, worked on the Ze-Row house, which is the latest project in an affordable-housing initiative and long-term collaboration between Project Row Houses and the Rice Building Workshop, a program that allows students to turn ideas into actual construction projects.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Even as many in the geek-o-sphere drool in anticipation for the onset of Google Glass, some technologists are starting to question the very real privacy issues entangled with the use of these wearable computers and cameras.Predictably, the first concerns raised about Google Glass were about the user’s privacy: If I am transmitting all of this data to Google, it is going to know even more about me than ever! Or so the reasoning goes. I have to admit that this has been bugging me, but since I carry around an Android phone already, I’m pretty sure Google pretty much knows whatever it wants to know about me.But then there’s the other half of the privacy problem, which not many in the community have yet voiced: What about the privacy of the people these devices are looking at? Anyone Can Be a TargetBeyond the voyeur problem, I keep coming back to how this technology can be abused – particularly this very scary scenario:Imagine someone builds an app that lets you upload a photo of someone to your Google account and then uses facial-recognition software to process the face of every person you see. Sure, there are benign uses for such a tool, such as helping people remember the names of the people they meet.But what if I was a member of an (alleged!) criminal organization who would love nothing better than to… talk… to the witness that’s going to testify in the trial that might prove my organization has done some pretty bad things. We’re innocent, of course, but it would be nice to… explain things… to this witness, who is currently ensconced in the U.S. Marshall’s Witness Protection program.To find that witness today, I’d have to be incredibly lucky, hack the Marshall’s computer system or bribe (or threaten?) a corrupt law enforcement official. But in a Google Glass world, I could hire private detectives to be on the lookout for my target. Better yet, I could post an ad on Craigslist offering a reward to find “my long-lost cousin/uncle/aunt.” Now I have an entire community of people using facial-recognition software helping me find this person. Heck, you might not have to actively employ Google Glass users. Just periodically run a Google Image search of your target’s photo for “Images Like This.”Now imagine you’re the witness in this scenario.There are lots of times people don’t want to be found – spouses seeking to escape an abusive partner, victims trying to elude stalkers – any one of these types of people could run afoul of these cameras. The technology to do this kind of illicit activity is not quite ready for commercial shelves yet, but the day is soon coming.But the implications are already disturbing: besides embarrassing videos taken in public, you can add tracking by jealous spouses, overprotective parents or insurance companies to the list. If you’re really paranoid, think about government surveillance of legitimate but unpopular activities.Is this all too much? Maybe. But think about this, because as a father, I sure do: With Google Glass, what’s to stop anyone from recording images and audio of children? As a parent, the thought of anyone tracking minors for any reason without parents’ permission (unlike the kids in the image from the official Google video above) is abhorrent and potentially dangerous.The technology itself makes this kind of subtle, continuous recording more likely. Unlike cellphone cameras, Google Glass is always on, always recording, capturing even the quick stuff you can’t anticipate. The upshot? Far fewer safe refuges where you’re not going to be recorded. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Anonymous Cameras EverywhereBeing monitored by video cameras is nothing new, of course; it’s a risk we run every day. If I happen to absent-mindedly pick my nose in the seemingly empty frozen food aisle at Mega-Mart, it’s a pretty sure bet that my gross-out was captured on a video somewhere.The advent of Google Glass supercharges the equation, because now the number of cameras increases – perhaps exponentially – and they’ll show up in ever more unexpected places owned by a much wider variety of people and organizations.For now, there’s an implied trust that someone from the store won’t take that nose-picking video and put it on YouTube as part of a “Disgusting Things Journalists Do” montage. Sure, there’s nothing really stopping some bored Mega-Mart employee from scraping that video for whatever purpose. But, should they happen to post said video and I happen to see it, I will likely recognize my surroundings in the video and find someone to sue.Now imagine the same situation, recorded not by the store’s cameras, but by someone wearing a Google Glass or similar device who happened to be standing unnoticed at the end of the aisle. Our voyeur records the incident, posts it on the Web anonymously, and –boom! – my reasonable expectation of privacy is violated. And I will likely never be able to find the culprit to take the video down.The lesson here – beyond “don’t pick your nose” – is that if these devices do indeed take off, there is nothing to stop someone from monitoring and tagging me in photos, microblogs or videos – whether or not I know what’s going on.There can be some positives out of this kind of citizen “Eye in the Sky.” If someone commits a crime, for instance, they might have been surreptitiously recorded in the act, with less obvious danger to the recorder than holding up a smartphone. Indeed, in his novel Earth, futurist David Brin outlines a near-future where citizens keep down random street-crime just by the existence of video recording equipment they wear.But there’s a flip side to this, when a collection of Brin’s characters, a group of street punks, is befriended by an elderly man who seems to want to teach them about the Way Things Were. It all goes well, until after the senior man’s death, the gang discovers to their mortification that the man has been logging every conversation for use in a social-observation article about the state of youth in that society.A little out there? Maybe so, but how long before Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube are filled with text and video content of embarrassing moments captured by Google Glass? Tags:#Google Glass#privacy Related Posts Ready For Your Close Up?Plenty of others are worried about how Google Glass will destroy the expectation of privacy in our normal, not-made-for-TV daily lives. Mark Hurst at Creative Good writes (emphasis his):“Google Glass is like one [Street View] camera car for each of the thousands, possibly millions, of people who will wear the device – every single day, everywhere they go – on sidewalks, into restaurants, up elevators, around your office, into your home. From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it. “And that, my friends, is the experience that Google Glass creates. That is the experience we should be thinking about. The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.”Whether we are just running errands, hanging out with friends or are on the lam from some really bad people, Google Glass has the capability to push our lives into reality of the television kind. But many of us aren’t ready for our close up, and never will be.Images courtesy of Google. Author’s Note: An earlier version of this story mis-identified the author of the Creative Good article as David Hurst, when it is actually Mark Hurst. The identification has been corrected.
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SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But, as always, PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb was hardly pleased by his charges’ performance.He was furious after the Power Hitters lost four match points in the fourth following a spate of errors.“Good thing they were able to recover. It’s good that they displayed composure and showed that they can recover from an ugly loss in the third set,” added Gorayeb.Foton slumped to its eighth straight defeat despite a new import, Milagros Collar, and the return of Dindin Manabat. Collar had 24 points, while fellow reinforcement Courtney Felinski had 16 for the Tornadoes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down Urgent reply from Philippine football chief LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kanjana Kuthaisong and Kseniya Kocyigit presided over Generika-Ayala’s steady assault against Cignal, which failed to get its rhythm and slipped to 5-4.Fiola Ceballos also provided support, firing 14 points, matching the output of Kuthaisong. Kocyigit added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEarlier, PLDT hacked out a 25-16, 27-25, 22-25, 26-24 victory over a Foton team that still cannot catch a break this conference.Grace Lazard exploded with 25 points, while Kendra Dahlke added 18 for the Power Hitters, who improved to 5-4. Sasa Devanadera and Aiko Urdas contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for PLDT. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ The Power Hitters celebrate after thwarting the Tornadoes —Sherwin VardeleonGenerika-Ayala scored a morale-boosting win over Cignal while PLDT Home Fibr subdued Foton on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lifesavers needed just three sets to dispose of the HD Spikers, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, and register their second victory in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting