Fishing the North Coast: Fall Klamath king returns were up in 2018

first_imgLast fall produced some of the best king salmon fishing on both the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in recent memory, and the preliminary number of returning kings seem to reflect just that. While we’re still not back up to average runs sizes, we’re headed in the right direction. The CDFW predicted a river run size of 91,873 in 2018, and they were nearly spot on. According to the “Review of 2018 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” document, recently released by the PFMC, preliminary postseason river returns …last_img read more

Red Bull mobile coming to South Africa

first_imgRay Maota People who take up contracts with Red Bull Mobile will receive Red Bull branded smartphones and exclusive content. (Image: Ray Maota) Red Bull headquarters are situated in Fuschl am See in Austria and take theshape of two volcanoes, symbolising power and energy. (Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS •Red Bull South Africa +27 21 486 8000 •Vinnie Santu Media Relations Cell C +27 11 324 4919 RELATED ARTICLES • High-speed internet from Cell C • Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal • Mobile opportunities in Africa • SA surfer wins US ‘Superbowl’ Energy drink giant Red Bull will soon launch a mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in South Africa, becoming the second player to do so after Virgin Mobile established itself in the country in 2006.The new South African venture will be a partnership between the beverage company and mobile network operator Cell C.The MVNO will be officially launched in Johannesburg on 8 February 2011. Details over pricing and the network’s range have yet to be confirmed.Initially, Red Bull Mobile will only offer contract deals, no pre-paid option. Those who sign up for contracts will receive branded smartphones offering mobile TV services featuring extreme sports.Consumers will also be able to download Red Bull content including music, wallpapers, games and videos.Red Bull Mobile has already established MVNOs in Switzerland, Hungary and Austria, and will be launching in Germany soon.It will join Virgin Mobile, of the Richard Branson-run Virgin Group, in utilising Cell C’s infrastructure.Virgin Mobile, a 50-50 partnership between Cell C and the Virgin Group, have not been as successful as they’d hoped to be in South Africa, admitting that their initial aspirations were to gain a 10% share of the market. The group now says it will settle for 1%.“Virgin Mobile banked on mobile number portability at its inception, but this did not pay off because South Africans are seemingly reluctant to change service providers,” said Spiwe Chireka of Frost & Sullivan, mobile-operator analysts.In light of Virgin’s dwindled market share, Cell C is rumoured to be considering selling its stake in Virgin Mobile to mobile phone distributor Allied Mobile.Value-adding the keyDespite the lack of market penetration by Virgin Mobile, analysts say they have faith in Red Bull Mobile.BMI-TechKnowledge MD Denis Smit said: “It’s no longer good enough to bring in a player that is only trying to claw at (mobile phone) minutes. They must be able to provide value to subscribers on top of those minutes and Red Bull can do this.“Red Bull is a marketing giant and can take advantage of promotion opportunities that come along with a niche mobile service.”BMI-TechKnowledge is a commercial and industrial research company.Andrew Snead, who works closely with Cell C and is a senior partner at telecoms consulting group Delta Partners, said: “For an MVNO to work anywhere in the world, it needs to have a clear value proposition.“MVNOs can offer something different but they have to keep the economics in mind. They must offer unique value to customers, perhaps by providing discounted tariffs, or offering value-adding content.”Massive successRed Bull was created in 1984 by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz, who had become aware of the growing popularity of energy tonic drinks in Asia.Today, Red Bull’s headquarters are based in Fuschl am See, Austria, and are built to resemble two volcanoes symbolising power and energy.After developing a unique marketing campaign, Mateschitz began selling his product Austria in 1987, and the brand soon took off.Today its product line consists of Red Bull Energy Drink, Red Bull Sugarfree, Red Bull Cola and Red Bull Energy Shots.Nearly 4-billion cans of Red Bull are consumed every year.Red Bull hosts about 400 events in South Africa every year, ranging from surfing competitions, adventure sports, high-profile music events and the popular Red Bull Box Cart Race. Internationally, it also sponsors Formula One races.Third mobile network in SA Cell C was launched in South Africa in 2001 as the country’s third mobile network operator. Nowadays it has just over 6-million users.In November 2010 the operator introduced its much-anticipated internet network.Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt said at that launch: “It’s a high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) with more bandwidth speed than that offered by other operators.” Other operators use only HSPA, making Cell C’s network faster.Cell C’s internet network has access to a 1 600km fibre-optic cable and 2 000 transmitters. It’s been working with companies like Neotel, Dark Fibre Africa and Nokia Siemens Networks to improve its functionality.last_img read more

Egypt must change legal system too

first_imgThe 18-day-long protest by the Egyptian people shook the world.The people create a revolution which, in time, turns its back on the people. The people are sovereign. Their sovereignty is taken away. Revolutions are short lived and remain unfinished – often to be finished off.The Egyptian revolution of 2011 will go down in history as one of the greatest bloodless peoples’ revolution of our times.The 18- day- long protests shook the world.While law is no stranger to revolution, common law legal theory is malleable and can favour usurping dictators and revolutionaries.The British government’s diddling over unilateral independence of Rhodesia’s racist Smith regime is one example. In 1958, Pakistan’s Supreme Court gave a wide berth to usurper Ayub Khan to enable him to claim to be the de jure ruler. In 1969, its courts invoked the doctrine of necessity to uphold yet another usurpation. Bangladesh followed suit. The world is full of usurpers who successfully bring down constitutions and claim the legitimacy of power.RevolutionA famous English jurist argues in his Concept of Law ( 1961) that it may be that ‘ only officials might accept ? a legal system.Society maybe deplorably sheeplike, the sheep may end up in the slaughter house, but it would still be a valid legal system’. These are the harsh realities of ‘ revolutionary change’. After President Ben Ali of Tunisia fled the country on January 14, 2011 following the popular outrage sparked by the suicide of Mohammed Bouazizi, from January 25 there was no stopping the rage of the Egyptian people. Hosni Mubarak’s appointing intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as vice- president and aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq as Prime Minister on January 29 did not stem the tide.Firings and death followed.On January 31, the army stood by in support of the people, but on February 2 asked them to go home. Meanwhile, the ‘ march of the million’ was under way – to be confronted by ruthless brutal responses. No intermediate solution was acceptable to the people. On February 11, Mubarak resigned and stepped down.We have no credible theory of ‘ revolution’ in legal theory other than it takes place.Good and bad regimes demand and get legitimacy – internally by ensuring operating support; and externally by the all too flexible international law of recognition.After Mubarak who? Egypt which was under the great Mameluke rulers from 1250 was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517. But following protests, it was taken over by the British in 1882 to become a protectorate in 1914. Following Mohammad Ali’s animation of Egyptian nationalism in the 19th century, the army was never at a loss to assert its presence, as in the case of Ahmad Arabi in 1881. In 1922, Egypt became independent. But the army’s presence was visible and persistent.In 1952, King Farouk abdicated in favour of his son Fuad II – a trick tried by Mubarak in the present crisis. Egypt became a republic in 1953 and Gamal Abdel Nasser took over in 1954. The experiment of a joint republic – with Syria ( 1958- 61) failed. Nasser supported the tripartite principles of non- alignment, socialism and secularism. From 1970- 1980, Anwar Sadat ruled autocratically till his assassination by a jihadi and Mubarak took over for 30 years. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood which was established in 1928 has grown in strength and substance.If constitutional government can mean anything prevalent at the time, Egypt has been governed constitutionally. The new Fourth Egyptian Constitution was established in 1971. But in 1980, Sharia law became the acknowledged inspiration and source of legislative rules. From 2005- 2007, Mubarak initiated many democratic changes which were cynically received. He was clearly there to stay. With the rise in electoral recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood in the elections of 2005, Egyptian discourse was in doubt whether the country was secular or fundamentalist.ConstitutionEgyptian constitutionalism is now faced with the presence of both the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. We know that when Zia- ul- Haq came to power in 1988, he ‘ Islamicised’ Pakistan. What will happen in Egypt? The Middle East has two strong traditions. In 1922, Kemal Ataturk converted Turkey into a modernity based secular state which was European in outlook.Nasser’s Egypt followed a socialist- secular path. Today, Syria is a secular- socialist republic under a strong repressive dictatorship.But Damascus will not go the revolutionary route because the middle class and other Syrians are too comfortable in their lives, are permitted their luxuries and not denied the right to practice their faith.At present, Egyptian secularism sports duality: personal laws by Sharia principles and modern commercial and other laws based on modernity. Egypt does not, and at present cannot, ask for a uniform civil personal law code. India has a lesson to learn from accepting sentimental social realities before going berserk on Muslims in the country.At present even after the revolution of 2011, Egypt’s Sadat constitution system is intact, with its legislatures intact but top heavy in character. The President can dissolve Parliament, but the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council as well as judiciary exist. But while some of Mubarak’s amendments of 2005 and of 34 articles in 2007 displayed democratisation, they also paved the way for dynastic rule. From 1980, there has been draconian anti- terrorist legislation. The infamous Article 179 allows terrorist cases to go to a regime chosen court.Egypt needs to dismantle the Mubarak amendments all round. At present, some amendments keep the Muslim Brotherhood at bay. Are they to be changed in favour of the Brotherhood in the name of democracy, as they must? Like India, Egypt has ceased to be a socialist country, but has less abject poverty to deal with.Its dual pro- Sharia based personal law secularism will remain.ChangeIt does not have to recreate a Constitution, like Palestine or Iraq, but it needs to introduce post- Mubarak changes. India’s experience shows that even after the Emergency, many ‘ emergency’ constitutional amendments were retained.But, its biggest challenge is the army which has played a persistent role from the 19th Century, and certainly in the last sixty years from Nasser to our times. Without claiming direct constitutional power, the army has both a legal and shadowy presence. After the Indian Emergency ( 1975- 1977), Indians felt that they will never allow dictatorial power to re- visit the Indian people. But, India’s army has not strayed into politics. In Egypt the equations are different. After this grand exercise of revolutionary protest, Egyptians, like the Indian people, are entitled to demand that they never be subjected to any kind of autocratic rule. The army should restrain itself. If it does not, the revolution is only beginning.Will the Tunisian- Egypt signal pervade the Middle East? At the most, it will serve as example for a few countries. Authoritarian Middle East regimes have assured that a mixture of consumerism and Islam keep their populace happy. But, the Egyptian uprising is a warning to all.Post World War II, the world has been littered with over sixty wars. From the Russian revolution of 1917, there have hundreds of big and little revolutions. All legal systems have been hopelessly amoral in dealing with revolutionary changes by accepting whatever fait- accompli is presented to it – both nationally and internationally.This makes a mockery of the rule of law.Egypt reminds us that the rule of law must run with democracy, distributive justice and a multi- cultural secularism. Whether Egypt itself will be able to achieve this in the future remains to be seen.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Toyota pips General Motors to regain no. 1 crown globally

first_imgToyota bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the year to retake its crown as the world’s top automaker from General Motors Co.The Japanese company sold about 300,000 more cars and trucks than GM did in the first half of the year, a lead large enough that it will be difficult for GM to catch Toyota in the final six months of 2012.GM said it sold 4.67 million vehicles during the first half. Both companies released their numbers on Wednesday.For Toyota Motor Corp ., the numbers underline a powerful rebound from a period of dismal sales, and the resilience of its brand as it gains traction in new markets such as China and Southeast Asia while clawing back lost market share in the US.Both companies have said in the past that they don’t care about the global sales leadership and are focusing on making profits. But the crown is a matter of corporate pride for both automakers.GM doesn’t plan to drop out of the race, though. The company’s sales and market share grew in China, and Chevrolet, its largest brand, has seen record growth for seven straight quarters, spokesman Jim Cain said. GM sales should rise because 70 percent of its US models will be refurbished or all-new in the next two years, said Cain.”We are in the early days of the most aggressive rollout of new products in our history, which will help us press our advantage in the US and China and grow profitably around the world,” he said, declining to comment on whether the company expects to pass Toyota in the second half.Toyota’s production was hit by the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan last year and then by flooding in Thailand, an important production base for the automaker. Before those disasters, its sales were dented by massive US safety recalls, totaling more than 14 million vehicles since the quality control problems emerged three years ago.But the company’s factories and sales recovered faster than expected, making it very hard for GM to catch Toyota between now and the end of the year, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at the LMC Automotive consulting firm in Troy, Mich.Also, GM has a bigger presence than Toyota in Europe, where auto sales have fallen dramatically, and China, where the economy is starting to slow, Schuster said.GM was No. 1 in world auto sales last year on strong performances in the US and China, its two biggest markets. The Detroit company held the global sales crown for more than seven decades before losing it to Toyota in 2008 as GM’s sales tanked while it headed toward financial ruin. In 2009, GM filed for bankruptcy protection, needing a U.S. government bailout to survive.Volkswagen AG was in third place in the global sales race. The company said earlier this month that it sold 4.45 million vehicles in the first half. It came in second after GM in global vehicle sales last year.GM had already trailed Toyota for the first quarter of this year at 2.28 million cars and trucks across the globe, while Toyota sold 2.49 million vehicles. Toyota has forecast that it will sell 9.58 million vehicles in 2012, up 21 percent from last year. GM has not given a full-year forecast.Chizuko Satsukawa, auto analyst for Standard & Poor’s in Tokyo, said Toyota faces intense competition not only from GM and Volkswagen but from other automakers, including Hyundai of South Korea.Toyota is counting on its next surge of expansion in Southeast Asia, following other high-growth markets such as China, India and Brazil, she said.”Toyota’s rebound is impressive,” said Satsukawa. “But what’s even more important than the numbers is profitability.”Satsukawa said Toyota was at a disadvantage because of a strong yen, compared with European and South Korean makers that have the perk of a weak currency that raises earnings from exported vehicles. That makes gaining sales numbers critical for Toyota, she said.Doing well in North America was also critical because that rich market is where many automakers, including Toyota, can hope to rake in hefty profits.After the recall fiasco, Toyota President Akio Toyoda acknowledged that the automaker needed to go back to its roots and strengthen quality rather than pursuing rapid growth at any cost.But in recent months, he has changed his tone slightly, promising growth for Toyota, although he has stressed it will do so with good products.Toyota spokesman Joichi Tachikawa played down Wednesday’s figures.”We can only keep trying to make good products that appeal to our customers,” he said.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

The NBA Changed Dwight Howard Into a Whining Brat

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Whatever happened to Dwight Howard? Not that indecisive, whining, brooding Dwight Howard of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, now shelved for the playoffs because of back surgery. We all should have gotten our fill of that latest version of the league’s premier big man.Missing for too long now has been the Dwight Howard of 2004, that 18-year-old kid from S.W. Atlanta Christian High School that was appealing in his naivety and inspiring in his humility.That Dwight Howard claimed he would work to change the NBA’s logo to include a cross, that his religious foundation would prevent him from being stained by the grime of professional sports life.All these years later, the logo is the same and Howard is not.He is perhaps the most unlikely case study of how the perpetual spotlight and financial windfall of being a pro sports star can create an oversized spoiled brat. He is that guy because of all the expectations and promise of him not becoming that guy. Hardly anyone would have expected that Howard would father a child out of wedlock and be embroiled in a nasty, public series of law suits over money and custody with the mother, who happens to be one of the mindless “Basketball Wives” (although neither she nor many of the featured women on the show are actually wives, making the show as much contradictory as it is dumb.)Having a child while not married happens; it is not a crime or anything to be ashamed of. But when you have claimed God as your foundation and that you would bring religion into the seedy underworld of the NBA, it just comes off as a little more flagrant, you know?Hardly anyone would have expected that Howard align himself with head-shaking characters like he did in co-hosting an NBA All-Star Weekend party in Orlando with the NFL’s Antonio Cromartie and Willis McGahee, two men who have more than 14 children (that number could be higher) between them by more than a dozen different women. Not good.In the winter, Howard was a mess, one day saying he wanted to be traded, another saying he wanted to stay in Orlando, the next back to being moved. Finally, just as the team was prepared to deal him, he announced he wanted to stay and see what the Magic could do this post season. Through it all, he came off as a spoiled, selfish kid unable to make up his mind. For sure, deciding on where you will live and work is a big deal, one that requires intense thought. But the back and forth showed little regard for anyone else, especially his teammates.Then there was the news that he asked Magic management to fire coach Stan Van Gundy. We learned that through none other than Stan Van Gundy. That was an unprecedented—and questionable—move, but it shed more light on Howard and who he has become. He is not the first player to want a coach run – Magic Johnson got Paul Westhead bounced a year after the Los Angeles Lakers won a title in the 1980s, if you recall. But Howard made a mess of the situation by showing up at Van Gundy’s gathering with the media and trying (unsuccessfully) to present a united front between he and the coach.Now come reports that Howard, after all, does want to be traded before next season. His back surgery may impact his market value now, but his morphing into a sports diva will, too. People around some teams, like the Chicago Bulls, would say they’d rather not have him and what appears to be a “me first” attitude.His last basket as a high school player was a power dunk to cap off another state championship for SW Atlanta Christian. I wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time that it was a symbolic dunk, representative of what his NBA career would be. I was not wrong.But I was not talking about who Dwight Howard would become. At the time, that was not even an issue. He signed autographs with “God bless” beside his signature, “to let people know everything I have gotten is because of God,” he said.In his recently released book for kids, “All You Can Be. Learning and Growing Through Sports,” he wrote: “everything I have achieved is through hard work.”That’s what eight years in the NBA can do. It can—if you allow it, as he has—morph a fun-loving kid who had a whole campus of elementary, middle and high-schoolers looking up to him (and not because of his height) into a self-centered jock. They adored his “one of us” attitude and his smile and playful nature. That was then. . .This does not mean it is over for Dwight Howard, that we have seen the best of him. He’s just 26. There is a lot of good in him. He’s been a blessing to the Orlando community and its youths with his foundation. He has an infectious personality, undeniable talent and strong family ties.Those close to him might even reject the notion that he has changed at all, that money and fame have not swelled his ego. They’d be lying.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. read more

Why Are The New York Giants This Good

The New York Giants are not a particularly good football team — at least going by most surface-level analysis that goes beyond their win-loss record.Before defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6 on Sunday, the Giants ranked 27th in yardage offense, 14th in yardage defense, average in takeaways and pass rush, and were outscoring opponents by less than a point per game and had a minus-five turnover differential. Quarterback Eli Manning was the NFL’s 22nd-rated passer, and the running game had the third-fewest yards in the league.After their impressive win over the Lions, though, the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine games — including their second of two wins over the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC’s current No. 1 seed. If the Giants aren’t better than average-to-middling at passing the ball, running the ball, stopping other teams from gaining yards or making disruptive plays, how are they winning all these games?The short answer: Their defense is built to stop modern NFL offenses.In today’s NFL, short passes have replaced power runs as a NFL offense’s bread and butter. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, 66.7 percent of this season’s pass attempts — and 38.8 percent of all offensive snaps — have been throws that traveled less than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.As Neil Paine wrote for FiveThirtyEight back in 2014, the Giants’ offensive coaches were targeting a 70 percent completion rate for Manning in the 2014-15 season. He didn’t come close (63.1 percent), but what seemed like a historically high target in 2014 is today a plain reality: Both Minnesota’s Sam Bradford and New Orleans’ Drew Brees have completed more than 70 percent of their passes on the season so far, and several more are within striking distance.With a leaguewide average completion rate of 63.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference, the coaches’ canard about the three things that can happen when you throw the ball has been upended: Now the one good thing happens nearly two out of three times.The Lions are a useful example: Over the past season and a half, Matthew Stafford has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, largely on the strength of short passes under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. On the season, 47.7 percent of the Lions’ passes have been thrown less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranks ninth in the NFL. Detroit runs the ball less than any other team but the Cleveland Browns, per Pro Football Reference, and came into Week 15 as the league leader in both average plays per drive and average length of drive. It’s a Woody Hayes-approved three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, except when Stafford drops back it’s 7.4 yards and the cloud is a vapor trail.But in Week 15 he ran into the New York Giants.Stafford quickly discovered his array of screens to backs, tight ends and receivers weren’t going anywhere, as New York sniffed them out and schemed them away. Though pass rushers Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul have drawn well-deserved attention for their work up front, it’s the back seven’s outstanding coverage that has suffocated pass-happy offenses such as the Lions’. On Sunday, the Giants defensive backs flew to the ball and wrapped up: Safety Landon Collins, corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, corner Eli Apple and safety Andrew Adams each were among the leaders in solo tackles for the day.The Lions abandoned the short pass and tried to establish the run. It didn’t work.Per Tim Twentyman of the team’s official site, nine first-down runs by the Lions gained a total of just 19 yards. And while Stafford has thrown nearly half of his attempts less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season, against the Giants that figure was just 35.9 percent.Forced to throw fewer, deeper passes, Stafford’s effectiveness numbers were down across the board: He completed just 61.5 percent of his passes, per ESPN.com, posted an NFL passer efficiency rating of 71.8 and a QBR of 69.2. These numbers were all down from his season averages to that point of 66.7 percent completion rate, 97.8 rating and 72.5 QBR. His usual method of moving the chains denied, a quarterback under serious MVP consideration led his team to just two field goals.Over the course of the season, the Giants defense has allowed the second-lowest completion rate, and second-lowest passer efficiency rating, of any in the league, per Pro Football Reference.It’s little wonder ball-control teams such as the Lions, the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have done so poorly against them. Pass-reliant, hurry-up offenses such as the New Orleans Saints’ haven’t fared well, either; the Saints scored less than half their season average in Week 2.Offenses that go downfield more aggressively and more often, like Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s, have fared better against New York. But it’s impossible to argue with the results: The Giants defense has now allowed an average of just 17.9 points over their first 14 games — and they’re getting trending stingier at the best possible time.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

New Name for The Museum of Man

first_img July 30, 2018 Posted: July 30, 2018 Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Museum of Man, to be more inclusive, may be getting a new name. One name being considered is the Museum of Humankind.KUSI’s Dan Plante was live at Balboa Park with all the details on the changes coming to the Historic museum. New Name for The Museum of Mancenter_img Updated: 8:23 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante last_img read more