Fishing the North Coast: Boundary changes on tap for Clam Beach

first_imgIn response to public recommendations from the Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers and Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the California Fish and Game Commission is proposing to restore the original location of the management boundary at Little River Beach for recreational razor clam digging.Currently, clams may be taken may be taken north of Strawberry Creek between Strawberry Creek and Moonstone Beach only in odd-numbered years, and south of Strawberry Creek between Strawberry Creek and Mad …last_img read more

South Africans buying more online

first_img19 May 2011Online retail in South Africa has entered a phase of sustained acceleration, according to a new research report released this week by World Wide Worx.The Online Retail in SA 2011 study shows that the total spent on online retail goods in South Africa passed the R2-billion mark in 2010 for the first time. It reached R2.028-billion, growing at 30% over the previous year.Even more bullishOnline retailers are even more bullish about 2011, with the industry consensus pointing to 40% growth this year. This will represent the highest rate of growth for online retail in South Africa in almost a decade.“This dramatic rise in online retail comes in the wake of an ongoing increase in the number of experienced internet users in South Africa,” World Wide Worx MD and principal analyst for the survey, Arthur Goldstuck, said in a statement last week.“Last year there were 3.6-mlilion people who had been online for five years or more. By 2015, that figure will be 6.8-million – almost double the potential e-commerce market of today.”In 2010, Traditional, physical retail in South Africa reached R561-billion, according to Stats SA. This means that online retail still makes up less than half a per cent of total retail in SA: a mere 0.36%. At the same time, however, the growth rate of online retail in South Africa in 2010 was four times that of physical retail: 30% against 7%.Shift in shopping activityInternationally, according to global online retail data analysed in the report, growth slowed in most regions during the global financial crisis, but did not turn negative: total sales never fell anywhere in the world.Industry estimates for the total value of global online retail in 2010 come to an average of about US$545-billion, up from $469-billion in 2009.This indicates that, globally as in South Africa, online retail is recession-proof for now, while it still makes up a small proportion of total retail worldwide.“This shows us that online retail growth represents not a rise in shopping activity, but rather a shift in shopping activity, from the physical space to the online space,” said Goldstuck.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

AFBF praises new Clean Water Rule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The newly proposed Clean Water Rule would empower America’s farmers and ranchers to protect the nation’s water resources and provide much-needed regulatory clarity to guide those stewardship efforts, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.Duvall recently spoke in Tennessee during an agricultural stakeholder meeting on the newly proposed Waters of the United States Rule. The event, hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and kicked-off by Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken, included presentations by Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who provided farmers and ranchers additional details about the proposed rule.Duvall said farmers and ranchers are committed to protecting America’s waterways and drinking water, and the new Clean Water Rule will provide them the regulatory certainty they need to farm confidently with those natural resources in mind.“For more than five years we have advocated for a new water rule that protects clean water and provides clear rules for people and communities to follow,” Duvall said. “This proposal promises to do just that, by giving farmers and ranchers the clarity they need to farm their land while also ensuring the nation has clean water. Farmers should not have to hire an army of consultants and lawyers just to work their land.”During his comments, Aiken, a member of the AFBF Board, said it was an honor to host Wheeler and Perdue for the informational meeting about the new Clean Water Rule.“To echo Acting Administrator Wheeler, since we provide food for the table, we deserve a seat at the table,” Aiken said. “Farmers, homebuilders and businessmen from across Tennessee and surrounding states were excited at the announcement, which will provide clarity to farmers and allow them to continue to be good stewards of the land and environment.”More information about the newly proposed Clean Water Rule is posted at read more

Cooler weather allows BC government to cancel state of emergency

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government has cancelled the state of emergency it declared in August when hundreds of wildfires engulfed the province.The government says cooler weather and progress in containing the forest fires means the powers granted under the provincial state of emergency are no longer required.The Ministry of Forest also lifted campfire bans across much of the province as rain moved in.The bans were rescinded in the Prince George, Cariboo and Kamloops fire centres effective on Friday.Campfire bans will be partially rescinded in the Coastal, Southeast and Northwest fire centres, allowing fires in some zones but not in others.However, the burning of grass, use of tiki torches, chimineas, sky lanterns, fireworks, burn barrels and other combustible devices are still prohibited in all centres.The provincial government says there’s been a significant reduction in the number of properties under evacuation order and many residents have been allowed to return home.It says the state of emergency declaration was made to ensure public safety and the co-ordinated response to the summer wildfire season that has seen more than 13,000 square kilometres burned.The wildfire season isn’t over yet with 485 fires still burning, 19 evacuation orders in place covering about 2,000 people, and evacuation alerts affecting almost 4,900 residents.This is the second year in a row a state of emergency was declared over the wildfires, but last year’s declaration remained in place from early July to mid-September.There is also a reprieve from the smoke from the summer wildfires in B.C. and Washington state that at its peak had spread across the country.The Metro Vancouver regional district lifted its air quality advisory for the area and for the Fraser Valley.Environment Canada’s forecast for B.C. said it may take a few more days to see marked improvements in the air quality for the Interior regions, while the arrival of a trough of low pressure late Thursday and early Friday brought fresh southwest winds and improving air quality over coastal regions.last_img read more