Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Open to Fishing April 7

first_imgThe N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run through Feb. 28, 2019.While fishing on Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions. On page 17 of the 2017-2018 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, the closed season date of March 1 through April 1 for Hatchery Supported Trout Waters is incorrect. The correct dates are March 1 through April 7.To give trout anglers opportunities to plan fishing trips in advance, the Commission has posted the full Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters stocking schedule on its website that provides information on what days each water is being stocked. Anglers can search by county and by month. The agency also posts daily updates at noon for all waters stocked that day. Information can be searched by county, by month, or both.Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, are closed from March 1 until April 6 so that Commission staff can stock the waters with trout. Staff will continue to stock certain streams through June. Staff will stock many of these waters monthly, although they will stock some heavily fished waters more frequently. Over the four months, staff will stock nearly 916,000 trout — 96 percent of which will average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.Stocked trout are produced primarily at two mountain region fish hatcheries operated by the Commission and are distributed along hatchery-supported streams where public access for fishing is available. While Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are open to public fishing, many of those miles are privately owned so the Commission urges anglers to respect the property they’re fishing on and remember that landowners can take away access if they feel their property is being misused.Anglers can help prevent the loss of public access to fishing by:Respecting private property and landowners at all times;Removing all trash and litter from fishing and parking areas;Parking only in designated areas and leaving driveways open for traffic;Closing and/or locking gates after use; and,Reporting wildlife violations by calling 1-800-662-7137.For a complete list of all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, as well as trout maps, the complete stocking schedule, and daily stocking updates on Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page.For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the Commission’s fishing page or call the Inland Fisheries Division, 919-707-0220.last_img read more

Teacher laptops to enhance education

first_imgZandile Tanoatsoala, a grade 4 teacher atLotus Gardens Primary School, is alreadyusing a laptop in her classes. Deputy minister Enver Surty and ELRC’sDhana Govender. Government is hoping all teachers will uselaptops. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Hope MokgatlheMedia Liaison OfficerBasic Education Department+27 12 312 5538 or +27 71 680 6849RELATED ARTICLES• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Poor schools score textbooks• SA colleges get $6.7m boost• Ubuntu software for schoolsBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s public schools are moving into a new era of advanced technology, thanks to the new Teacher Laptop Initiative that’s rolling out across the country, allowing teachers to introduce laptops into their classrooms.A partnership between the Department of Basic Education and the private sector, the project is supervised by the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC).Top-of-the-range Pentium-4 machines, each one internet-ready and with national curriculum lessons and other relevant software installed, will be distributed to schools from 19 JulyGovernment believes the introduction of ICT into all its primary and secondary schools will improve the quality of pupils’ education. Teacher unions are unanimously supporting the initiative, and are hoping it will enhance their members’ teaching skills.“This is a powerful instrument that will help us transform our public education system,” said Dhaya Govender, general secretary of ELRC.The project was launched on 15 July at the Lotus Gardens Primary School in Pretoria West, where teachers are already using the laptops.  ELRC has 18 months to ensure that it’s fully rolled out.Technology in the classroomThere are over 360 000 teachers plying their trade in South Africa’s public schools, and the plan is to give all of them a laptop. “We will ensure that every teacher owns and is able to use a computer,” said Enver Surty, deputy minister of Basic Education.About 125 000 teachers have already received computer training, Surty said, adding that the department is also progressing with the registration of learners into a national database. Some 80% are already in the system.The 12 suppliers to the project, all prominent computer dealers and ISPs, are offering training sessions in the schools. Local companies involved include mobile providers Cell C, Vodacom and MTN, hardware suppliers Lenovo and Sahara Systems, and telecommunications company Telkom, among others.“Our technicians and engineers provide training for teachers, showing them how to use the [installed] applications,” said Dayalan Pillay, a business manager at ICT training company Gijima Ast, also a supplier.Teachers have participated actively in the training sessions, government noted.The Skool websitepA website due to be launched shortly, www.skool.co.za, will become a nerve centre of the initiative and will contain all modules of the school curriculum.“Teachers can set tests using the website. All resources are readily available for the teacher,” Pillay said.Improving communicationGovernment is spending about US$317-million (R2.8-billion) to subsidise the laptops, as well as projectors for classrooms. Teachers will pay a monthly minimum fee for the computers, which will then become their property.Unions see the initiative as a viable platform to improve communication in the teaching sector.“There have been challenges in communicating vital information to the teachers,” said Thobile Ntola, president of the South African Democratic Teachers Union. “The laptops will play a role in bridging this gap.”“We must all rejoice when teachers can use e-mail to communicate with colleagues, exchange ideas, debate and discuss, and be exposed to the world of knowledge using powerful search engines like Google,” said Ezrah Ramasehla, president of the National Association of Professional Teachers of South Africa.last_img read more

Initiative set to transform SA’s estate agency sector

first_img25 April 2014 A learnership programme designed to speed up transformation in South Africa’s estate agency sector was launched by Human Settlements Minister Connie September on Thursday. The “one learner, one estate agency” programme will be administered by the Estate Agency Affairs Board. Only about 10% of the 40 000 estate agents registered in South Africa are black, September said. “It is an unfortunate reality that the sector presently remains characterised by an acute under-representation of formerly disadvantaged persons. This patent lack of meaningful transformation, notwithstanding the consistent endeavours of the EAAB to inculcate awareness amongst sector role players of the transformation imperative, can no longer be tolerated,” she said.Promotion Through the programme, the board and its partners hope to recruit 10 000 new entrants to the sector over three years, starting now. This means more than 3 300 new entrants will be recruited to the sector every year. The Estate Agency Affairs Board has received support for the programme through written pledges from 20 estate agency firms to collectively take on 750 learners. This will increase the number of estate agents by 20% and increase the level of understanding of property as an asset for economic well being and trading, the board said. It hopes the programme will help promote real estate marketing as a career. September said more women, the youth and physically disabled persons should be given an opportunity to participate in the sector. The Estate Agency Affairs Board is responsible for regulating the industry in South Africa. All people carrying out the activities of an estate agent are obliged to register with the board. It currently controls about 10 000 estate agency enterprises. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Seat pitch shrinks on Air New Zealand’s new A321neo

first_imgAir New Zealand’s new A321neo. Photo: Air NZ Air New Zealand’s first A321neo will enter low-cost carrier territory with some seats offering a Hobbit-sized 29-inch (73cm) pitch when it enters the fleet in mid-November.The Kiwi carrier has ordered 13 Airbus neo aircraft — seven A321neos and six A320neos — to replace its existing fleet of A320s and another seven A321neos are on order for anticipated domestic growth.The planes have a combined list price of $NZ2.8 billion and the new technology A321neos will help deliver fuel savings and efficiencies of at least 15 percent compared to the planes they replace.The international A320neos will have 165 seats on board compared to the 168 on the current international aircraft, which feature a seat pitch of 30 to 34 inches. Seat pitch is the distance between a point on a seat to the same point on the seat in front.The A321s will have 214 seats with a seat pitch ranging from 29 inches to 33 (83cm) inches.But the airline says the slimline design and curved design of the A321neo seats means passengers “sink further into the seat back creating up to 7 percent more usable space when compared with the equivalent pitch on the existing fleet”.The middle seat will also be 3cms wider and the aisle and window seats 1cm wider. This will boost the aisle and window seats to the Airbus standard of 18 inches from the narrow 17-inch seats on the existing A320s.Other enhancements in the cabin include 25 percent more overhead locker space, a new Android-based inflight entertainment system with a 10-inch screen, high power USB charging points and Wi-Fi connectivity.The tight seats kick in from row 18 rearwards on the left side of the cabin as you face towards the nose, although there are exit row seats and a couple of rows of seats with a pitch of just under 30 inches (76cm).Video Playerhttps://www.airlineratings.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/airnzseats.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Most of the seats along the starboard side are 30 inches or above but, again, there are a couple of rows of 29-inch seats.The more spacious 32-inch (81cms) and 33-inch (83cm) seats are at the front of the plane  (Note: The conversion to seat pitches in inches is rounded up to the nearest inch.).The 29-inch seat pitch means the Kiwi carrier has gone where even some major US carriers have vowed not to go and into seat pitch territory normally occupied by low-cost carriers.READ: US seat legislation may not mean more legroom.But Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said the airline had extensively tested the neo inflight experience with customers to ensure it could incorporate their feedback “while meeting regulatory and operating requirements’’.This had left it confident it would deliver an inflight experience passengers would enjoy.“Australia and the Pacific Islands are a vitally important part of our Pacific Rim network,’’ he said.“We operate up to 240 services each week with our Airbus narrow-body aircraft.“These new aircraft are key to enabling us to grow our short-haul network while offering our customers a great inflight experience.’’A second A321neo is also expected to enter service in November and the airline’s first A320neo is scheduled for February, 2019.The remaining aircraft will follow at intervals until late 2019, while the additional A321neos for the airline’s domestic network are expected to be delivered from 2020 to 2024.last_img read more

Flickr’s New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Late last night Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr launched a new feature – the ability to search your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail contacts list for people on Flickr so you can add them as contacts. Many services let you do that, but almost all of them require you to give up the user name and password for your email. Flickr did it right and it was exciting, for us at least. GMail users are taken to a GMail page, where GMail asks for their usernames and passwords – then asked if Flickr should be given one time access or ongoing access. That’s great. We’ve been calling on applications to use best practices and emerging protocols to access user data without asking for passwords for some time. The risks are too great, otherwise.Some Flickr users, though, are really upset. They don’t want anyone who has sent them an email to be able to easily find their photos on Flickr. What some people call Data Portability, others call a privacy violation.The Down SideFlickr users have been able to find each other by searching for individual emails for some time, but that “security by obscurity” has been changed dramatically by a bulk comparison of all your email contacts to the Flickr user database. There’s not consensus whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. I liked it when I tried it, I connected with some interesting people on Flickr that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I wouldn’t appreciate it, though, if certain people from my past who have otherwise forgotten about me were now prompted to check out my photos on Flickr. If blog comment spammers I’ve had nasty email exchanges with were suddenly prompted to friend me on Flickr, I wouldn’t like that very much either.Ongoing DiscussionJust like many people objected to Robert Scoble’s scraping emails out of Facebook in the name of Data Portability because they felt they had given him contact info in the limited setting of Facebook – these kinds of issues are going to come up a lot. The sticky privacy questions are the ones that Mark Zuckerberg told us are key to Facebook’s own engagement with Data Portability. We’ve asked similar questions here about the new Google Social Graph API. The Data Portability Working Group has lively discussions on privacy (subscribe to a filtered feed for the topic here) but mainstream users clearly have serious concerns.The situation at Flickr wasn’t helped by the fact that the option to opt-out of exposing your email address to this new feature was broken for the first 12 hours after launch, as was the ability to search Yahoo! Mail contacts. In the big picture view of these issues, though – Yahoo! in general is generally remarkably good about identity issues for all but the occasional Chinese journalist. (Flickr is better known for innovation than for its crimes against justice and democracy, of which there haven’t been any that we know of.)Some users have stated that they would prefer email exposure in the new feature to be opt-in, instead of opt-out. Though it will drastically slow down user connections – opt-in for this kind of feature may ultimately be required in order for data portability to be accepted. On the other hand, the Facebook Newsfeed faced a wholescale revolt when user activity was by default exposed to friends there and now it’s the site’s defining feature. Even what’s thought of as the best practices in webmail APIs have a lot of unanswered questions remaining, as we discussed yesterday in a post about Xoopit. Australian tech consultant Lachlan Hardy argues that standards based authentication steps could still soften users’ resistance to phishing and reminds us to look at the URL of the authentication page.What do you think? How should checking your email contacts for friends on a new network be done? What other best practices would you like to see emerge in order to make portability of data useful, safe and desirable? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more