Canada releases 2020-21 Pacific Herring Integrated Fisheries Management Plan

first_imgCanada releases 2020-21 Pacific Herring Integrated Fisheries Management Plan From: Fisheries and Oceans CanadaToday, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released the 2020-21 Pacific Herring Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP). The IFMP is developed in the fall of each year and describes the scientific results and proposed management measures for the upcoming season, including gear allocations, open areas and harvest levels. Prior to the release, a 30-day public consultation period was held to ensure that DFO’s fishery management decisions are transparent, developed through the best available science, and informed by First Nations groups, commercial harvesters and input from the public.Vancouver, British Columbia – The Government of Canada is committed to responsibly managing Pacific herring fisheries to ensure the sustainability of the stock for today and generations to come. This work requires close collaboration with First Nations communities and commercial harvesters while considering the herring distribution, spawn dynamics, and traditional harvest regions and methods.Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released the 2020-21 Pacific Herring Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP). The IFMP is developed in the fall of each year and describes the scientific results and proposed management measures for the upcoming season, including gear allocations, open areas and harvest levels. Prior to the release, a 30-day public consultation period was held to ensure that DFO’s fishery management decisions are transparent, developed through the best available science, and informed by First Nations groups, commercial harvesters and input from the public.The 2020-21 IFMP includes commercial fisheries closures in Haida Gwaii and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. First Nations food, social and ceremonial fisheries are permitted in all areas. The 2020-21 IFMP will include sustainable commercial fisheries in the following areas:Central Coast, for spawn-on-kelp commercial fisheries;Prince Rupert District, for limited access for spawn-on-kelp commercial fisheries; andStrait of Georgia, for commercial fisheries for food and bait, roe and special use.The IFMP also contains opportunities for small commercial spawn-on-kelp fisheries in other areas.The sustainability of Pacific herring is a top priority for the Government of Canada. DFO conducts annual scientific surveys for each of the five major Pacific herring stock areas. The harvest approach utilized for this fishery has been rigorously tested by the Department following international best practices. This testing demonstrates that the harvest approach is highly likely to conserve the stocks over the long term.Herring play a vital role in the ecosystem of coastal British Columbia and are a food source for marine mammals and other fish species. Harvest rates are applied to the estimated mature spawning biomass which ensures that the majority of mature herring, and all juvenile herring, are available to support ecosystem functions. Maintaining a healthy herring stock is pivotal to the ecosystem and economy, and this year’s harvest strategy will continue to help to protect the health of future stocks.Quotes“Our government understands the need to protect the health and sustainability of coastal British Columbia’s herring stock, which is a forage fish vital to the entire ecosystem. After rigorous scientific stock assessments the results demonstrate a healthy and stable herring stock in the Strait of Georgia, which has been consistent for the past decade. We are applying the precautionary approach to ensure the long term viability of herring for our ocean ecosystems and harvesters alike.The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardQuick factsDFO conducts annual scientific surveys for each of the five major Pacific herring stock areas. These scientific surveys, along with biological sampling, inform a yearly scientific stock assessment with up-to-date advice on the status of all five major stocks.In 2016, DFO initiated the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process for Pacific herring to evaluate the likelihood of how different harvest decisions would be expected to achieve conservation, abundance and fishery objectives.Under the MSE process, DFO scientists use computer models to test the ability of various harvest scenarios to maintain herring stocks above the limit reference point with a high degree of certainty.Food and Bait and Special Use fisheries opened on November 20, 2020 in the Strait of Georgia with an initial total allowable catch (TAC) of 1,905 tonnes for the Food and Bait fishery and 818 tonnes for the Special Use fishery. This initial allocation was increased on December 30, 2020 to 3,720 tonnes. These fisheries provide herring to a variety of markets, including for human consumption.DFO has finalized the following maximum harvest levels for the 2020-21 season in the major stock areas:Central Coast: 1,760 tonnes, representing a 5% harvest ratePrince Rupert District: 910 tonnes, representing a 5% harvest rateStrait of Georgia: 16,330 tonnes, representing at 20% harvest rateWest Coast Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii: closed to commercial fisheriesLast year, the Strait of Georgia (SOG) stock allocation was 20%, this year it remains consistent and stable at 20%. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Canada, Central, Central Coast, conservation, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Georgia, Government, Jordan, pacific, public consultation, Scientists, sustainability, sustainable, West Coastlast_img read more

CMO warns against health complacency

first_imgRelatedCMO warns against health complacency FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, says countries will have to pay more attention to protecting their borders against health threats, with the emergence of new diseases and the resurfacing of others previously considered eradicated.She was speaking at the opening of the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Annual Research Conference and Workshop, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Wednesday (November 10). The main topic of discussion was ‘Infectious Diseases: Old Foes, New Enemies and Future Threats’.Dr. Campbell-Forrester noted that an outbreak in a country can affect trade as well as travel, whereby “reports of one case in a country where you have had no cases in a long time, can turn your industry upside down”.Recalling her first encounter with malaria, she described its recent reappearance in the island as “frightening”, as the disease was last seen in Jamaica in 1965.“It reminded us that we can never ever let down our guard. We always have to be very alert as to what is happening on the global landscape and the local landscape,” she said.The CMO noted that diseases, such as cholera, eradicated from Jamaica since 1852 are, once again, real threats with an outbreak in Haiti, which is in close proximity to Jamaica.In addition to the movement of persons from country to country, Dr. Campbell-Forrester noted that, climate change was also becoming a significant factor “in the emergence of old foes and the new threats that face us”. She gave as example the recent drought, which resulted in an outbreak of Dengue fever, as well as gastroenteritis.Also speaking at the conference, Disease Prevention and Control Advisor at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr. Jean Marie Rwangabwoba, noted that regardless of how long a country goes without an outbreak of a particular disease, it must still be prepared for one to happen at any time.He argued that a global response, involving governments, private sector and other groups, was needed in the fight against infectious diseases.The Conference continues until Friday (November 12), and will see 68 presentations being made by medical researchers, as well as a workshop on the theme for the conference on Friday. There will also be 15 lectures by professionals drawn from several of Jamaica’s major hospitals, the University of the West Indies and overseas institutions. RelatedCMO warns against health complacency RelatedCMO warns against health complacencycenter_img CMO warns against health complacency Health & WellnessNovember 12, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Recommendations for Changes to Cybercrimes Act to be Tabled Next Week

first_imgRelatedEnergy Most Critical Issue Facing Country – Minister Paulwell RelatedLegislation to Protect Personal Data Being Developed Recommendations for Changes to Cybercrimes Act to be Tabled Next WeekJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Recommendations for Changes to Cybercrimes Act to be Tabled Next Week TechnologySeptember 26, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Advertisementscenter_img Recommendations for amendments to strengthen the Cybercrimes Act, are to be tabled in Parliament next week, State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, has informed.The proposed adjustments were made by the Joint Select Committee established to review the 2010 Act. The committee, which Mr. Robinson chairs, held its last meeting on September 24.Addressing a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) headquarters in Kingston on September 25 the State Minister noted that very specific recommendations have been made to not only bolster the Act but will “allow our police and prosecutors to have the tools to successfully prosecute persons, who are involved in cyber criminal activities”.He said facilitating the effective prosecution of offenders, is one of the key issues raised during the committee’s deliberations where it was noted that there has only been one prosecution under the Cybercrimes Act.Mr. Robinson noted that the amendments will also allow for the broad capturing of changes in technology and also the methods being used by criminals, which will better enable the police and prosecutors to go after the offenders.Individuals, businesses and Governments around the world use the internet as the primary medium for communication and for the delivery of services such as finance, commerce, health care and education. However, with the advances in technology and telecommunication have come new opportunities for persons to engage in criminal activities.The Cybercrimes Act has sanctions for the misuse of computer systems or data and facilitates the investigation and prosecution of such crimes. Provision has been made for the Act to be reviewed bi-annually.Mr. Robinson said the issue of cyber security is a matter, which is at the forefront of Government’s agenda and amending this legislation is one of several strategies being put in place to deal with cyber crimes.He informed that through assistance from the International Telecoms Union, the Government is establishing a Cyber Emergency Response team.“That will be a team that would be responsible for co-ordinating and responding to cyber criminal activities. Right now, there is no organised way that we can respond if any government entity or even a large private entity is the subject of a cyber criminal activity. We expect to have that…up and running early by the first quarter of next year,” he said.The State Minister further informed that the administration is getting help from the Organization of American States (OAS) as well, to develop an overarching cyber security strategy and policy.“So, while we are dealing with the legislation, while we are ensuring that we have the response team in place, we want to have our overall strategy, which will guide how government deals with this growing phenomenon,” he said.In addition, a cyber security task force, chaired by the State Minister, has been established. Comprised of both members of the public and the private sector, it provides advice to the Government on how to deal with cyber crimes. Photo: JIS PhotographerState Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson addresses a Jamaica Information Services (JIS) Think Tank on September 25, at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston RelatedBenefits Evident from Use of Alternative and Renewable Energy Story HighlightsThe proposed adjustments were made by the Joint Select Committee established to review the 2010 Act.The amendments will also allow for the broad capturing of changes in technology.The amendments will better enable the police and prosecutors to go after the offenders.last_img read more

Shooters on the loose

first_img Lucien Henry, 23, was shot dead. Lucien Henry, 23, was shot dead. A gunman opened fire on two men sitting in a parked car in Welcome Estate, killing one of them and seriously wounding the other, on Tuesday July 12, at 1pm. Lucien Henry, 23, was shot in the back and fatally wounded, and his 30-year-old friend, Taariq Mohamed, was hit in the chest and neck, according to Maneneberg police spokesman Captain Ian Bennet. The two men had been sitting in a white Toyota Tazz parked on the corner of 3rd and 5th streets, when a man walked by and fired several shots into the car. Mr Henry drove the car away but crashed into a traffic light in Klipfontein Road, about five minutes from the scene of the shooting. He was decared dead at the scene by Maneneberg police. The gunman fled on foot and is still at large. Mr Mohamed was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital and remains in a serious condition. Police are investigating charges of murder and attempted murder. Anyone with information, can call Manenberg SAPS 0216999400 or Crime Stop 0860010111.* Police arrested a 47-year-old man from Hanover Park in Kei Street, Manenberg, on Wednesday July 13, for possession and dealing of drugs. Officers who had searched the house found eight bankies of dagga, 93 half mandrax tablets, 93 sticks of dagga and R3 021 in cash, said Captain Bennet. 1 of 2last_img read more

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Preview: October 16, 2019

first_imgPhoto Credit: Washington Capitals Starting Lines for the Maple LEafs: Marincin-Holl The Capitals still look to the aging Braden Holtby to right the ship for them. Though he has been less strong as of late, he is still a worthy goalie for the team. Ilya Samsonov waits in the wings, but his talents are best held for later. The Capitals now look to score, but also defend to prevent another late collapse. Game is at Capital One Arena. Puck Drops at 7:00 p.m. Please follow and like us: The Capitals are 3-2-3, but still holding strong in the Metro Division. This team is boom-or-bust, either winning or choking a huge lead. Nonetheless, the team has been scoring well. They continue to score about three goals a game, and star Alex Ovechkin has a point in every game. In all seven games, he has five goals and two assists, well on his way to another phenomenal season. The Leafs are 4-2-1, and behind John Tavares and Auston Matthews are a legitimate contender in the east. This clash of titans will happen in Washington. Andersen is starting as goalie. Mikheyev-Kerfoot-Kapanen Orlov-Gudas Starting Lines for the Capitals: Vrana-Eller-Hathaway Jensen-Lewington Holtby will start as goalie. Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie Siegenthaler-Carlson The Washington Capitals stand for round two of a three game homestead. The visiting Toronto Maple Leafs are riding high, but the Capitals are ready for them. The first visit for Toronto this season is sure to be a strong one, as both teams made the playoffs last year and have chips on their shoulders. Hagelin-Kuznetsov-Wilson Timashov-Shore-Gauthier Leipsic-Stephenson-Panik Muzzin-Barrie Rielly-Ceci Moore-Tavares-Marner Johnsson-Matthews-Nylanderlast_img read more

Charlie Culberson injury update: Braves infielder suffered ‘multiple facial fractures’ after scary hit by pitch

first_imgUpdate on @cculberson8:— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 15, 2019“I think it was bones around his eye, and the report I got is that when they took him to the hospital, he was aware,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after the 10-1 win, while holding back tears (via “Hopefully [the prognosis is good], I don’t know. We just have to wait and see. We just hope and pray for the best.”We just don’t [know] any of the extent of what’s going on yet. We are just praying for him and his family. That’s scary.” Related News Culberson was struck below the eye by a 90.9 mph fastball in the seventh inning off a pitch from Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney. The utility player immediately fell to the ground and stayed there for a few minutes before medical staff attended to him. He was taken off the field on a cart and had a towel pressed to his face to stop the bleeding.Scary moment: Charlie Culberson just got hit in the face with a pitch after squaring up to bunt.— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) September 14, 2019“He’s just one of the best teammates you could have,” right-hander Mike Foltynewicz said. “I look up to him as a father. He has two kids, and this is one of his kid’s birthday. When you see something like that happen, just a bunch of things go through your head.” Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers’ new facial hair is … something MLB wrap: Mets shut out Dodgers at Citi Field to keep pace with Cubs, Brewers in wild-card race Nationals manager Dave Martinez also sympathized with the Braves, hoping Culberson will be OK after the scary injury.”It was awful,” Martinez said. “You never wish that upon anybody. You don’t. I hope he’s all right and my plan is to talk to [Snitker] either tonight or tomorrow and make sure he’s all right and I know they get it, it stinks, but it’s part of it. I know Rodney feels awful. I just hope Culberson’s all right.”The game was tied 1-1 at the time of Culberson’s injury, but the National League East-leading Braves (93-57) had a late rally that helped them clinch a playoff spot. David Ortiz makes first public comments after shooting: ‘I would wake up … feeling like I’m going to die’ Braves infielder Charlie Culberson was transported to a nearby hospital after being hit in the face by a pitch in Saturday’s game against the Nationals and suffered multiple facial fractures, the team announced Sunday.He has been cleared to travel back to Atlanta and will meet with the team doctors to determine next steps. last_img read more

JFF Presidential timeline

first_imgRonald Gordon (1965-1967) • George Abrahams (1967-1973) • Benvenuto “Tino” Barovier (1973-1975) Locksley Comrie (1975-1977) • Patrick Anderson (1977-1979) • Lincoln Sutherland (1979-1981) • Hugh Perry (1981-1983) • Dr. Winston Dawes (1983-1985) • Anthony James (1985-1992) • Heron Dale (1992-1994) • Captain Horace Burrell (1994-2003) • Crenston Boxhill (2003-2007) • Captain Horace Burrell (2007-2017)last_img

Davis block at buzzer seals Lakers win over Kings

first_imgAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Bill Russell finally accepts Basketball Hall of Fame ring UP NEXTKings: Host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ But when the Lakers needed a big defensive play at the buzzer, Davis got both hands around it.James hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds to play, and Davis blocked Harrison Barnes’ driving shot at the buzzer with two hands to end Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over former coach Luke Walton and the Kings on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Davis had only 17 points in his second lowest-scoring performance for the Lakers, but he came through late to seal their 10th win in 11 games. Davis had little rhythm with the ball in his hands, so James consciously took the lead on offense while Davis waited for the chance to back him up.“It definitely increases my mindset defensively,” said Davis, who sat out the previous game to rest his sore right shoulder. “When the shot’s not falling, I try to do the other things to help the team win.” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of the Western Conference-leading Lakers’ third straight win despite a spirited effort by the undermanned Kings.The Lakers led 95-90 with three minutes left after Caldwell-Pope’s third 3-pointer, but Bogdan Bogdanović scored five straight points to tie it. James hit a layup with 1:50 left, but Bogdanović eventually replied with a tying layup with 22 seconds to play.Barnes fouled James on the perimeter, and the shaky free-throw shooter smoothly hit both of his shots. Barnes then tried to drive for a tying shot, but Davis got his fourth block of the night in two-handed style while the Kings hoped in vain for a foul call on moderate contact.“We played it to perfection,” James said. “When you have a shot-blocker the caliber of (Davis) protecting the rim, that just makes it that much tougher on Harrison.”Buddy Hield had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Bogdanović added 18 points for the Kings in the LA return of Walton, who was fired by the Lakers last April after presiding over three consecutive losing seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “One call changed the whole game, you know,” said Hield, who appeared to be furious with the no-call at the buzzer. “Could have gone either way. It be like that sometimes when the home team is favored all the time, especially when you’re in LA. … We’ve got something good going here, but this game, we should have won. I think we just got it stolen away from us.”Sacramento nearly pulled off the upset despite playing without De’Aaron Fox, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle, and Trevor Ariza, who sat out with a sore groin.“We had some open looks we didn’t knock down, but that is a big, talented team, and I thought our guys were light on numbers,” Walton said. “We had to put guys in that hadn’t played much at all, and everyone that checked in fought and competed.”POSTER QUALITYJames posted the highlight of the night in the second quarter with a drive and a high-flying dunk right on top of Nemanja Bjelica, who had regrettably tried to draw a charge.“(James) saw a lane and put it on his head,” Davis said. “That’s what LeBron does.”LUKE’S RETURNWalton’s pregame introduction was greeted with an indistinguishable mix of boos and cheers of “Luuuuuke” for the coach who took over the Lakers in 2016. The former Lakers forward’s teams posted three straight improved records, but his performance wasn’t rated highly by former Lakers boss Magic Johnson or by general manager Rob Pelinka, who fired Walton just five days after Magic’s surprise resignation last April.“This is why this job is fun,” Walton said. “It’s fun, it’s stressful, it’s hard, but this is what you, as a competitor, you love to do. And to be back in your old building and playing against the team you used to coach and play for, it’s exciting.”TIP-INSKings: Cory Joseph scored two points on 1-for-9 shooting in 23 minutes during his second start for the Kings. … Ariza had treatment and painkilling shots over the past 24 hours, but the Kings decided to hold him out. … Richaun Holmes scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.Lakers: Alex Caruso scored a season-high 10 points for the Lakers while playing extra minutes in place of injured starter Avery Bradley, who is out for at least a week with a hairline fracture in his right leg. Bradley got hurt Nov. 3 at San Antonio, but played four more games in pain before the injury was diagnosed. … Caldwell-Pope started in Bradley’s spot and went 1 for 4 in the first three quarters before he found his shot. Caruso started 1 for 6, but got back-to-back layups in the third quarter on passes from James. Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, in the last second of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — After just 12 games together, Anthony Davis and LeBron James already know how to share the workload in their formidable partnership.Davis struggled to find his offensive game against Sacramento, so James did most of the heavy lifting with 29 points and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bang Bang club lives on in film

first_imgThe cover of the book written by GregMarinovich And Joao Silva on which thefilm is based.(Image: Axis gallery) The haunting eyes of Kevin Carter abovethe Pulitzer Prize winning picture thatultimately cost Carter his life.(Image: HBO)Khanyi MagubaneFilming of The Bang Bang Club, a movie which reveals the lives and times of four photojournalists who captured the harrowing violence of the apartheid South Africa, is underway in Johannesburg.Based on the lives of photographers Ken Oosterbroek, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Greg Marinovich, the movie tells the true story of the four men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering.Hollywood stars who signed up for the feature include, Ryan Phillippe (Greg Marinovich) Taylor Kitsh (Kevin Carter) and Malin Akerman (as photo editor, Anna).The film follows the journey of the four photographers as they venture into dangerous territory to capture the images that shocked the world about the brutal violence during the apartheid era.South African documentary producer Steven Silver is directing the film.Silver, who began his career in the South African film industry, before writing and co-producing Gerrie & Louise, an international Emmy award-winning, feature-length documentary for the US TV channel CBC in 1997.He has directed several documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery Channel.Silver is also respected for the critically acclaimed The Last Just Man, which won over 14 international awards.To his movie credits, Silver has written and directed six films for movie studio Barna-Alper Productions, including Box Car Rebellion; Doctor’s Strike; The Last Just Man; The Anglo Boer War; and The Dark Years.He has a law degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.Telling real life storiesThe film has been adapted from Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva’s book, The Bang Bang Club, and it recounts true stories of the four men.The plot tracks the relationships with each other, the stresses that came with the job and surviving both as humans and journalists.Between the four journalists, they have captured images of iconic moments in South Africa’s history like the Boipatong massacres, as well as the Shell House massacres, which made front-page news across the world.The photos illustrate the brutality inflicted on black South Africans by the police and armed forces, as well as the clashes between African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party supporters.In 1994, during the famous Thokoza township hostel violence outbreak, Ken Oosterbroek, who was on site to photograph the incident, was shot dead in the cross-fire. Marinovich was injured in the same riots.Kevin Carter committed suicide in the same year that he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his famous photograph of a Sudanese child and a vulture ominously standing behind the bone-thin child.In as much as he celebrated his win of the Pulitzer, Carter was also devastated by the amount of criticism about his picture.According to a Time magazine feature entitled, The life and death of Kevin Carter, some journalists in South Africa called his prize a “fluke,” alleging that he had somehow set up the picture.Others questioned his ethics. “The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering,” read the St. Petersburg Times, “might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.”Even some of Carter’s friends questioned why he didn’t help the starving, barely alive child.Two months after receiving the award, Carter was found dead inside his truck, where he had gassed himself.Greg Marinovich also won a Pulitzer for his image of an ANC member hacking to death Lindsay Tshabalala after he had been set alight.Speaking to The Times newspaper, Marinovich expressed his excitement about the Hollywood production.“I have some mixed feelings because you never know how the movie will turn out. But it is exciting to know our story will be told,” he said.Silva, who now works for The New York Times, said the movie would contribute in “keeping the memory of Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter alive.”He said it was important to him that the movie kept the truth about their experiences,“The plan is to guide the producers into bringing a real portrayal of what it was like in those days to the screen. The book was in many ways a token of love for what we went through.”In preparation for their roles, Marinovich and Silva are working closely with the directors, “We are being consulted on the final script because the producers want it to be authentic,” he said.The two photographers will also meet the actors before shooting starts to familiarise them with the story’s historical context.They will also show the actors what went into a typical day in the life of four almost recklessly brave photojournalists, to assist them in understanding the true nature of being journalism in tumultuous conditions.Useful linksThe Bang Bang Club – the book The death and times of Kevin CarterThe Pulitzer prizelast_img read more

Mr Price Pro Ballito confirmed until 2014

first_imgSAinfo reporter “ASP Africa is both honored and proud to be associated with an event like the Mr Price Pro Ballito,” ASP Africa operations manager Colin Fitch said. Since its move from Durban, the R1.9-million ASP Prime event has grown from strength to strength at its Ballito home about 40 kilometres north of Durban, and proved a popular venue with both surfers and spectators thanks to the unprecedented surf enjoyed during the event’s window over the past three years. Leading the local field are elite ASP World Tour campaigners Jordy Smith, the 2010 Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion, and Travis Logie, who finished runner-up to Australian Chris Davidson in the 2009 edition of the event. With a number of refinements to the ASP Prime Tour in 2012, the event could prove critical for surfers hoping to cement their place among the world’s top 34 surfers in 2013. ASP Tour veteran and multiple national champion Greg Emslie from East London leads the way for the six wildcard entries yet to be announced. ‘Perfect surf’“Based on the fact that we had more than seven days of perfect surf that was never under three metres in 2011, I am convinced that we will see many more of the world’s top surfers fighting for a place in this year’s 96 man field.” ‘Flawless’Defending champion, Californinan Patrick Gudauskas, shared similar sentiments after his victory last year. “This is definitely the best event I’ve ever competed in,” he said, “and maybe the best one I’ve ever watched. It has been flawless for a whole week and we’re all psyched to be surfing in Ballito.” 2011 ASP World Tour rookie and Mr Price Pro Ballito runner-up John John Florence secured the first official entry. The Hawaiian standout performer is hoping he can return home with the spoils in 2012 after his barrel riding ability resulted in a number of perfect scores last year. 22 February 2012 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Scheduled at the season’s critical halfway mark, the increase in available equal ninth-place finishes (from four to eight), as well as ratings points (1 034 to 1 300 for an equal 17th and 3 120 to 3 320 for equal fifth), will give surfers more opportunity to climb the ASP One World rankings ladder. The Mr Price Pro Ballito will host the world’s finest surfers in the wave-rich South African holiday town through 2014, thanks to a three-year deal inked between KwaDukuza municipality and world surfing’s governing body, ASP International. The top 96 surfers in the worldFeaturing only the top 96 surfers in the world, South African competitors must be rated within the top 96 in order to earn their place in the prestigious event. “I really enjoyed the waves in Ballito,” Florence said. “They’re a lot like the barrels at Backdoor (the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii). It’s big and round and maybe a little bit faster and longer, but I felt really comfortable in that kind of surf, so I’m really looking forward to surfing in Ballito again.” last_img read more