Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op introducing scientific ways of fishing

first_imgThe Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Society is trying to introduce scientific ways of fishing. This is being done with the use of water-testing devices to test the acidity of the water, the amount of oxygen present in the water and its solidity. The project will also see fisher-folk using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Chairman Parmeshwar Jainarine said that fish catch had been on the decline and fishers are spending more days out at sea.“We do not have any data as to whether we have been over-fishing or if we have been fishing in such a way that we have been putting pressure on our fishing stock so that they are not regenerating,” Jainarine recently said.With this in mind, the Co-op has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure fisher-folk have the relevant skills and equipment to provide the information which will be able to address their concerns.The project will see fisher-folk being equipped with GPS and water-testing kits.Speaking with this publication on Friday when the devices were handed over to the fisher-folk— after they were trained to use them— Jainarine said the aim of this project is to train Fishers in the use of GPS.“The handheld device that fishers would use when they go to sea and it will help them to operate in a more efficient manner. It will help them to save fuel, whereby it’s a fishing ground that is profitable. With the features of the GPS, you can go back to the direct spot”.Another benefit of the GPS is in the case of a boat having difficulty at sea, another boat will be able to rescue them quickly by knowing the exact position of the boat.“At present, when a boat is having distress at sea, there is nothing in place to assist. The rescuer would just drive until they find the boat, but with the GPS, they can go to the exact position of assistance. GPS is the modern way to navigate the sea. Years ago, fishers did not have this technology”.He said that management has now seen it fit to train fisher-folk to be able to use the devices with the hope that they will share the knowledge with all the fishers.The programme also has a third aspect, which will see fisher-folk being trained to record data as they catch.According to Jainarine, Guyana has a data collection problem.“The current system has a lot of gaps. The Fisheries Department is understaffed; the country is so large that the landing sites are so scattered, so it is a challenge to collect information on the amount of fish that has been caught on a daily basis”.The current system being used by the Fisheries Department allows officers to go to landing sites once per month and get an average to record as the month’s catch.Jainarine felt that this is wrong.“You cannot come once a month and collect data and then come up with an estimate of the total cash for the month from records of that one day. That is wrong. With this system that we are planning to implement, fishers will be filing logbooks daily. When they pick up the scene, they will record in the log book the amount of fish they caught. And when they come in to the landing site, they will give us, the management, this information so that we can have it documented,” he contended.This information is likely to be used by researchers who will be able to use the information to have an indication of whether they have been over-fishing or fishing in a way that the fish stock is not being replenished.“Sometimes we could be catching the fishes with eggs and we have to desist from all of those practices,” Jainarine said.According to him, the data to be collected could be used by scientists with an aim of being able to use it advise whether to restrict the amount of boats or to fish only in certain areas. At the end of the training, fishers will be allowed to keep the devices. They are being encouraged to share with other fisher-folk and also to teach others how to use the devices. Jainarine said within the next six months, it is hoped that the second project of a similar nature will commence, hitting another group of fishers. The co-op has an excess of 500 fisher-folk. The project, which falls under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant Programme, also saw a 10-tonne ice-making machine.National Coordinator for the programme, Patrick John explained that the previous ice-making machine used by the Number 66 Fisherman’s Co-op used dangerous gases. The Fisheries Department provided training on the water-testing kits and the Coast Guard provided training on the use of GPS at Friday’s one-day training session.A total of 30 kits and 30 GPS were given to the fisher-folk. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week Judges Swamped

first_imgWhat can editors do when too many entries come in a week?  Print them all, and let the public decide:Fear Factor:  Ker Than, proposing in LiveScience that fear of snakes led to the rise of humans: “To avoid becoming snake food, early mammals had to develop ways to detect and avoid the reptiles before they could strike.  Some animals evolved better snake sniffers, while others developed immunities to serpent venom when it evolved.  Early primates developed a better eye for color, detail and movement and the ability to see in three dimensions – traits that are important for detecting threats at close range.  Humans are descended from those same primates.”  How eagles and mongooses overcame their fear of snakes without becoming philosophers was not explained.  What did a Cornell scientist think of this new idea?  “It strikes me as a very special piece of scholarship and I think it’s going to provoke a lot of thought.”No Problemo:  Eors Szathmary, in Science: “The uniqueness of language raises special problems.  Some see this as a fundamental impediment to a successful Darwinian approach.  I disagree.  Uniqueness presents special methodological challenges, but we should bear in mind that the origin of the eukaryotic cell, as one example, was also unique in the sense that all eukaryotes today share the same common ancestor.  This did not prohibit us from insights into the origin of, say, mitochondria….”Necessity our Mother:  Dolezal et al. in Science: “In creating mitochondria some 2 billion years ago, the first eukaryotes needed to establish protein import machinery in the membranes of what was a bacterial endosymbiont.  Some of the preexisting protein translocation apparatus of the endosymbiont appears to have been commandeered, including molecular chaperones, the signal peptidase, and some components of the protein-targeting machinery.”If It Ain’t Broke:  From Berkeley Lab: “The molecular machinery that starts the process by which a biological cell divides into two identical daughter cells apparently worked so well early on that evolution has conserved it across the eons in all forms of life on Earth.”Bells & Whistles:  Eva Nogales, on Science Daily: “The specialization of DNA replication initiators took place a long time ago, separating them from other members of the AAA+ superfamily of proteins while maintaining an identity among themselves that reflects the importance of the replication process.  Through the millions of years, evolution has added bells and whistles around this highly conserved central engine.”Abracadabra:  Bowmaker and Hunt, in Current Biology 7/11/2006, explaining how the sudden appearance of all four opsin genes is not a problem for evolution: “By applying estimates of the rate of gene divergence, it is suggested that the appearance of the four classes occurred very early in vertebrate evolution, about 450 million years ago.  This is close to the time of one of the major steps in vertebrate evolution, the appearance of jaws…. Animals have evolved their visual sensitivity to match aspects of their photic environment, and it is likely that the primary adaptive selective pressure is the spectral range and intensity of daylight.Now you know why the NCSE needs a “Faith Project Director” (07/22/2006 entry, last bullet).  Whatever is needed in the presumed emergence of everything appears on cue, fully formed, by evolution.  Shine sunlight, and eyes appear.  Bring on a snake, and the human brain and binocular vision appear.  Machinery, codes, complex organs, bells and whistles – you name it – there’s nothing that Darwinian faith cannot imagine emerging by unguided processes of selection.  You should be ashamed, o ye creationists of little faith.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Minister Jeff Radebe shares details of 30 day payment plan

first_imgSmall business is big business, minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday, 6 September, at an imbizo held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.“A total of 47% of our country’s people are employed by the small business sector. That is 7,3-million people,” said Radebe.As Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, he is tasked with giving life to the vision of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) Vision 2030 which includes the creation of 11-million jobs by 2030. “This cannot be possible if we don’t support the small business sector. The government is aware of this.”A major focus of the imbizo was the challenge small businesses faced when it came to payment for services delivered to government. The minister promised a 30 day payment intervention to fast-track the payment of suppliers. The 30 day payment intervention is created in line with the NDP’s priorities to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality.Radebe said the government is aware of the frustrations entrepreneurs have, especially relating to red-tape and policies. “Small businesses remain vulnerable… We [the government] shall continue to put measures in your sector to thrive.”The 30 day payment-programmePart of the intervention is to roll out supported programmes, said Radebe. “This includes visits and inspections being done [at departments] to address the issues relating to non-payment. “We will assist government departments to put measures in place to make sure payments are done.”A study will be conducted on why payments are not done accordingly. Additionally, Radebe said his department will work together with the Department of Treasury to attend to queries. “There will be a walk-in office at the department of treasury.”He urged the public, especially suppliers, to also play a role and added that corruption,no matter how small, should be reported.Livelihood affectedIn one instance, an entrepreneur [a supplier] from KwaZulu-Natal told Radebe and the panel that he lost his house and cars because of late payments. Another entrepreneur has been waiting for payment for two years.Radebe said it is not right that suppliers are paid long after 30 days, because their livelihoods are affected. “The 30 day payment has to be adhered to. People [in government] need to be charged for financial misconduct if they don’t adhere to the 30 day payment period. Small business [suppliers] should be paid within 14 days.”Radebe said the problem of small business owners receiving late payments is not unique to the government. Private sector is just as guilty.Mzwandile Masina, executive mayor of Ekurhuleni Municipality, appealed to entrepreneurs to make sure that they deliver quality services. “Work with us to provide quality services. If you build a house, do it the best you can. Someone is going to live in that house.”In a speech about his 10 year plan, Masina said one of his plans is to help people in townships to realise their dreams. He said there will also be a policy implemented to encourage people to buy local products or services.Any queries relating to the 30 day intervention can be sent to the email address [email protected] you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

Novell Pulse: Security and Backup to Google Wave

first_imgWhile users can work on Novell templates within the system, they can also collaborate on 3rd party spreadsheets and documents with real-time syncing to desktop folders. This attention to backup is yet another of Pulse’s advantages over Google Wave. When asked about the scenario of an employee going wild and vandalizing Pulse docs, says Fox, “We’re not just offering point backup. We’ve got versioning on every single system keystroke.”Pulse also offers a higher degree of privacy for group settings and profiles where IT admin and general users set customized admin settings and privileges. According to Fox you can even customize the privacy on profile form fields to ensure that headhunters are not prospecting your staff from outside of the organization. Meanwhile the social aspect of a Yammer-like employee feed is enough reason to keep staff interested and engaged. And for those groups who are still committed to Wave, Pulse will also offer Wave integration via Google Wave’s Federated protocol. For more info on Pulse check out the demo site. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Real-Time Web 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dana oshiro IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Earlier today Novell demoed it’s Google Wave-like product to the enterprise world. Pulse is the latest workplace collaboration platform to announce at this year’s Enterprise 2.0 Conference and ReadWriteWeb was lucky enough to catch up with Novell’s VP of Engineering Andy Fox for a demo of the new tool. The beta product is expected early next year. In late June we offered our first impressions of Google Wave. While Wave’s claim to “reinventing email” has met with heavy criticism in the blogosphere, Pulse appears better-equipped to serve work-related users. One of the great selling points for Pulse is the fact that instead of forcing users to add individual teammates for collaboration, the tool provisions groups and workmates from an enterprise identity system. This means that new employees are already set up to start. From here users can follow team and employee feeds, edit and send real-time messages and collaborate on documents in real-time. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more