Buru Island fishermen given prestigious certificate for sustainable fishing

first_imgEditor’s note: This article has been updated. Topics : Nine fishermen’s associations made up of 123 fishers at a fishery on Buru Island, Maluku, have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with the ecolabel, which indicates that the associations’ catch meet the international best practices for sustainable fishing.With the award, they become the first handline yellowfin tuna fishery in the world, and the second recipient in Indonesia, to be certified with the MSC standard.“We’re extremely proud seeing the first Indonesian handline yellowfin tuna fishery meet the highest standard for sustainability. Indonesia is committed to supporting its small-scale fishers and sustainable tuna fisheries, and this MSC certification sets an example for other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and around the world,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said as quoted by an MSC press release.The recognition also marks another step toward sustainable fishing ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, with small-scale fishermen as the backbone of such efforts.Small-scale fishers make up around 90 percent of fishermen in Indonesia, according to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry data in 2015. There are 572,270 fishing boats in the country, 506,720 of which are boats smaller than 5 gross tons (GT), while 43,696 are between 5 and 10 GT, 17,121 between 10 and 30 GT and 4,734 are big boats over 30 GT.The award was the result of ongoing efforts initiated in 2012 by North America’s leading sushi-quality tuna company Anova, local processor Harta Samudra and the Indonesian Fisheries and Community Foundation (MDPI), which focuses on sustainable fisheries. They assisted Buru Island fishermen in getting Fair Trade certification in 2014 and forming Fair Trade Fishing associations, paving the way for the fishermen to attain the MSC certificate.“This is a beautiful stop on the journey toward sustainable fisheries, one that we believe in deeply, and one for which there is still a lot of hard work ahead,” MDPI executive director Yasmine Simbolon said in a statement on May 13.MDPI fisheries policy advisor Saut Tampubolon said the MSC certificate would allow Buru Island fishers to expand to a broader international market, including all of Europe, the United States and Russia, among other countries.In the past, Buru Island fishers said they would only sell their fish in their own village or neighboring villages for lower prices and struggled to search for markets that would buy their catch.Fisher Yusran Tomia said the MSC represented a beacon of hope for his family. “The most important thing that my family felt from [receiving the MSC certificate] is that there’s a big hope now with the broader market access, so no longer will we doubt where our fish is sold,” he said.Around 600 yellowfin tuna fishers under the MDPI’s guidance in six provinces, including Maluku, are currently practicing handline fishing, and fishermen in at least three of the provinces have managed to export their fish to the US under the MDPI’s Fair Trade USA partnership.Fish processing firm PT Harta Samudra director Robert Tjoanda said the fish they received from fishers, including those of Buru Island, were sent to countries like the US, Vietnam, Australia and Japan. The firm partnered with the MDPI in 2013 to improve fisheries for small-scale handline fishers in eastern Indonesia.Indonesia was not alone in celebrating the award. “We congratulate Indonesia Handline Yellowfin tuna fishery and their partners for becoming MSC certified. They are demonstrating true leadership in sustainable fishing,” MSC Asia-Pacific director Patrick Caleo said in a press release.However, Patrick said that, in order to maintain the certification, the Buru Island fishery would need to work with other fishing organizations and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission on important management measures to safeguard yellowfin tuna stocks.last_img read more

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Property outlook promising

first_imgBest House search, real estate concept. iStock property search. For Herald Sun Realestate.TOWNSVILLE’S property market is expected to stabilise in 2018 as sales volumes increase and rental vacancy rates continue to tighten.Prices are not predicted to fall any further with most agents in agreement that Townsville’s residential market has bottomed out.The number of residential properties being sold is expected to rise which could result in prices increasing in the second half of 2018, however, double-digit price growth is unlikely.Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said now is the time to buy in Townsville before price growth begins.“Short of a significant left-field economic event we would be guaranteed of a significant increase in sales volumes,” he said. As you create more jobs you stand a chance for people to relocate and there are plenty of places in Australia doing it tough.“The best buying time is in anticipation of growth starting which is now because we might not see really exciting price growth until 2019 or the years following that.“The people that are really going to benefit from Townsville’s future price growth will probably be people who buy in 2018.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pressley said while he expected rental vacancy rates to continue a downward trend, it would be some time before rental prices increased.“Before you see rent prices increase, vacancy rates need to be between 1.5 and 2 per cent and that may not happen in 2018,” he said.Vacancy rates in Townsville are sitting at 4.3 per cent but they will need to drop to 3 per cent before Townsville’s rental market is no longer seen as weak. The latest Core Logic data released in December shows that in the last 12 months median house prices dropped 1.4 per cent to $340,000 while there was no change in the last three months. Units fared worse dropping by 9.1 per cent in the past 12 months to $250,000 but also recorded no change in the last three months. Ray White Geaney Property Group owner Ella Geaney said there was some promising signs 2018 would be a better year for Townsville’s property market with the northern beaches recording strong sales.“I think we have already started seeing some improvement moving in to 2018 which is backed up by the contracts we’re seeing and amount of people coming through our open homes who are making offers,” she said.John Gribbin Realty principal John Gribbin said he also expected the property market to improve in 2018 but Townsville needed more permanent, full-time jobs for long-term price growth to be sustainable.“We’re going to see the market improve but we do need substantial employment,” he said.last_img read more

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Bourbon Rhode Death Toll Rises

first_imgFrench offshore vessel owner Bourbon confirmed that the death of the fourth crew member following the sinking of the AHTS Bourbon Rhode in the Atlantic Ocean on September 26.The body of the seafarer was discovered on October 1 and transferred on the French Navy’s Ventôse frigate.“On behalf of BOURBON, I would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased seafarer. We are at their side to accompany them through this terrible ordeal,” Cyrille Le Bris, BOURBON Crisis Cell Director, said.Over the past 7 days, an extensive search operation has been implemented by the CROSS French West Indies-Guyana and the French Navy, under the authority of the Prefect representing the State’s maritime authority, with the support of the American authorities.Significant maritime and air resources continue their search for the remaining seven missing seafarers.Bourbon Rhode sank after it was hit by a category four hurricane. Mobilized rescue teams earlier recovered a lifeboat with 3 crew members inside.At the time of the incident there were a total of 14 seafarers aboard Bourbon Rhode.last_img read more

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Regional dispatchers sought in Versailles

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Police are accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test. Two years of public safety communications experience and an emergency medical technician certification are preferred but not required.  The applicant should also reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center located in Versailles, Indiana.Pay starts at $30,082 per year.The deadline for applications is March 8, 2019.For more information and to apply, go online here to Job Opening #2019-13.  Once on the website, click ‘Apply for State Jobs’.  Then type ‘Regional Dispatcher’ in the Keyword box or Job ID 621022 in the ‘Advanced Search’ menu.  The job opening should appear.  Persons that are interested may also contact Sarah Collins at the Versailles Post for assistance at (812)689-5000.last_img read more

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Monk: Swans fairytale far from over

first_imgSwansea’s story hits the big screen in the West End on Friday night – but manager Garry Monk believes the fairytale at the Liberty Stadium is far from over. “We used to train on a cow field and get locked out by the council, so we had to cut a hole in the fence and all the players were crawling through it,” Monk said. “We got changed in our cars with our muddy boots and dirty kit in the boot. “But when I first came it was the very start of the progress. The stadium was a shell, but you could see the potential and the direction the club wanted to go. “Any player should know what they are representing and any new players who come in are given many things to understand the philosophy of the club, not just on the pitch but off it too.” Swansea’s story got some silverware in 2013 when the club won its first major trophy in 101 years of trying – the Capital One Cup when beating Bradford 5-0 at Wembley. That triumph took Swansea into the Europa League and Monk feels that achievement is possible again through a high Premier League placing, despite intense competition from clubs with greater financial resources than the Welsh club. “If we stop now we have wasted all that hard work,” Monk said. “We are never going to be a financial power in this league, but we can make sure we are competitive. “W e experienced Europe last year and that was something we really enjoyed, and we would like to get back to at some point sooner rather than later. “We have shown we can win a cup, but we would like to do it through the league as well. “People say the Chelsea game is a top-of-the-table clash, but we are not going to be title contenders at the end of the season. “We know exactly what we are, we are a club looking to progress and all the new players who have come in buy into that.” Press Association Monk has played a big part in Swansea’s climb over the past 10 years as player, captain and now manager and still struggles to comprehend the club’s rags to riches rise before locking horns with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. “The Chelsea game fits in with the story because it’s one you would not believe unless you witnessed it,” Monk said. “That’s why I want people to watch it. It gives you a big insight. “There’s plenty of clubs who went up and through the leagues, we did it ourselves before. “But the actual circumstances the club found itself in and what we had to go through will leave people surprised. “This means a lot to a lot of people and it’s probably the perfect time for a film.” Monk joined Swansea in 2004 a few years after the club nearly went into liquidation, salvation coming in the form of a combination between Supporters’ Trust members and a consortium of local businessmen. But he still had to endure some pretty basic training facilities before Swansea rose through the divisions and reached the promised land of the Premier League. Jack to a King tells the story of a club which went from the brink of extinction to living the dream and has its London premiere in Leicester Square on the eve of Swansea’s visit to Chelsea for a Barclays Premier League summit meeting. Swansea head to Chelsea as league equals with both sides having won their opening three games, but it’s a far cry from the days when players had to cut a hole in the fence to practice after being locked out of their training ground. last_img read more

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MDI Tracksters Tear it up

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Hosting the first outdoor track meet of the season, Mount Desert Island High School Trojan tracksters had some stellar performances early in the season. Pushing the limit, Katie Smith, left, and CeCelia Palow, right, run neck and neck for Mount Desert Island High School in the 1600-meter run at MDI on Saturday, April 25.— JEFF WALLSBoth the boys’ and the girls’ teams surpassed head coach Ian Braun’s expectations – in individual events and as a team as well. The boys’ team took second place overall and the girls got third.Nat Hinckley set the top jumps of the season for the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) in the triple jump and long jump. Both were personal bests by a significant margin.Dan Hales had a personal best in the shot put.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMost of the girls that are generally in the upper register of finishers were not at this meet. Coach Braun said Amanda McLeod was one of the highlights of the meet “As a sophomore, she was a basketball player indoors and I think was hurt a lot of the season but is feeling healthy,” said Coach Braun. “She had a good hurdle time. She high-jumped to second place with a personal best of 4 feet, 6 inches. She was on both the 4×400 and 4×100 relays that finished second.”One race that blindsided even Coach Braun was the 4×800 relay, in which the “B” team consisting of Caitie Smith, Kailyn Russell, Morgan Smith, Chelsey Curran, which was running exhibition, came from behind to cross not only ahead of the MDI “A” team but in second place overall.Girls’ team rankings1) Brewer High School 228; 2) Caribou High school 154; 3) Mount Desert Island High 69; 4) Mattanawcook Academy 61; 5-tie) Central High School 22; 5-tie) Calvary Chapel 22; 7) Hermon High School 16; 8) Calais High School 6 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Boys’ team rankings 1) Brewer High School 175; 2) Mount Desert Island High 141; 3) Caribou High School 130; 4) Central High School 74; 5) Hermon High School 22; 6) Calais High School 20; 7) Mattanawcook Academy 15 For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Biolast_img read more

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Max Meltzer: Kambi – Respect the legacy… Delivering fresh prospects for ATG Sweden

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Max Meltzer – KambiMax Meltzer Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of leading sports betting technology firm Kambi Group Plc, details his firm’s comprehensive partnership with Swedish legacy racing operator ATG.A key stakeholder in the delivery of new ATG systems and platforms, Meltzer details to SBC the complexities of servicing  Swedish betting’s legacy incumbent, as it faces sweeping changes within its home market…_______________SBC: Hi Max, thanks for speaking to SBC… Why is your technology agreement with ATG Sweden such a ground-breaking partnership for Kambi’s enterprise?Max Meltzer (Kambi Group CCO): The partnership between Kambi and ATG is exciting for many reasons. First and foremost, as a result of new regulation, ATG was permitted to offer a traditional sportsbook product, to complement its existing trotting and horse racing product, for the very first time. Being state-controlled, ATG was very selective when choosing its partner, ensuring it not only sought the best quality product but also partnered with an organisation that put integrity and trust at the heart of its operations. Further, it needed a supplier it could trust to launch without issue on January 1st, both online and across 2,000 retail stores – Kambi was able to deliver on this promise. In addition, ATG has really grasped the freedom we offer operators to create bespoke sports betting experiences. For instance, the ATG Sport homepage is like no other in the market – resembling more of a sports news site than a classic sports betting page, with articles that link to related betting markets. Kambi’s coverage of the Swedish market is vast, which could have been a concern for ATG, but they saw the potential of our APIs and open platform and realised they could offer their players something unique to what was available elsewhere.SBC: You have delivered the partnership, at a time of drastic change for Swedish gambling stakeholders – What is the role of ATG in a re-regulated Swedish marketplace, and how has this impacted the partnership’s development?ATG’s role is simple, to deliver the best and most exciting sports betting experience to their millions of players in a safe and secure way. To do so they required a partner that could deliver all the sports that Swedish players expect to enjoy, such as Ice Hockey, Bandy, Handball and Winter Sports, to a high standard. These are sports we have been offering to scale for a very long time, having built trading models and algorithms a decade ago, which we have been fine-tuning ever since. Also, the Swedish player has a keen interest in US sports, which we have proven in recent years to be market leading in. In terms of player safety, Kambi has developed a proprietary algorithm that is able to detect signs of problem gambling before they become harmful, and therefore we are well positioned to support ATG with their responsible gambling initiatives, which are not only core to ATG but a central plank of Swedish regulation.SBC: Both Kambi and ATG are Swedish enterprises, does this factor hold any strategic advantage for stakeholders?MM: Of course, Kambi and ATG having a shared Swedish heritage is great and helps in some areas, however, Kambi operates across the world and has more than 700 staff spread out across six countries, so I would say we are more of a global company today than a pure Swedish one. Moreover, it was Kambi’s listed status, as well as our extensive offering and incredible record with speed to market, that ATG saw in us. The importance of delivering on time and with a leading product cannot be understated, and it speaks to the Kambi-ATG partnership that we were ready and able to take the first bet two seconds after midnight as we moved into 1 January 2019 and the opening of the new market.SBC: As Sweden opens its regulated online betting marketplace. Can a state-owned incumbent really compete and catch-up against seasoned digital incumbents…Is this ATG’s reality?MM: We have to make a distinction as ATG isn’t state-owned, it’s state-controlled. ATG is owned by the Swedish Trotting Association and the Swedish Jockey Club, however, the company’s business activity is regulated by a contract between ATG’s owners and the state.However, I understand the meaning of your question. And yes, we firmly believe ATG can compete in the re-regulated digital environment. You have to remember that ATG already offers its trotting and horse racing product online and has more than two million extremely loyal customers, many of whom have been waiting for ATG to offer a full sports betting product for many years. Prior to reregulation, ATG held the number two position in the betting market without a full sports offer and we’re already seeing ATG players placing sports bets in between trotting races, a trend we expect to grow. So to answer your question, when you add a market leading sportsbook to a popular trotting product, which just happens to be one of the most recognisable brands in the country, there’s no reason it can’t compete, or even lead the market.SBC: Furthermore, how have you incorporated and presented ATG legacy assets of racing/trotting within a new digital framework?MM: ATG continues to run their trotting and racing division online themselves as they have done successfully for many years. It’s actually ATG who have presented the Kambi Sportsbook within their own digital framework, using the tools we provide to ensure the sportsbook meets the expectations of their customers. ATG wanted to ensure the transition between its legacy trotting product and the Kambi Sportsbook was as seamless as possible, which is why they needed a sportsbook product with the flexibility to enable them to do this.SBC: When advancing ATG’s digital proposition, how aware were you of ATG’s commitments to wider stakeholders and Swedish social directives?  MM: How operator stakeholders distribute their online and retail profits is of course no business of Kambi’s but ATG’s commitment to Sweden’s trotting and thoroughbred industry is well-known, very much in a similar vein to the financial support PMU provides French racing, for instance. But this isn’t the first time Kambi has worked with such businesses. Kambi has also partnered with state lotteries and monopolies that contribute towards society, both in terms of their financial contributions and their commitment to addressing problem gambling, and we are privileged to help them generate these important funds and use our advanced technology to identify signs of problem gambling before they become harmful.____________________Max Meltzer – Chief Commercial Officer – Kambi Group Plclast_img read more

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Betinvest launches sportsbook solution specific to esports

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Related Articles Betinvest has put its esports clients in control of the technical, technological and trading aspects of the business through its industry-first customisable Sportsbook iFrame solution.The solution’s sportsbook management function, which gives operators the opportunity to create business reports, teasers and promotions, as well as being able to see the turnovers for both main sports and other activities, is not a new thing for the industry.However, the Sportsbook iFrame technology from Betinvest is unique in that allows customisation specifically for esports. Those targeting this vertical can therefore operate in any region, and with the unique design and branding to suit the market requirements.Valentyn Kyrylenko, VP of Business Development at Betinvest, said: “For every Sportsbook iFrame client, we create a system tailored to them. The success of this product is all down to our flexibility when it comes to the technical aspects. “Sports betting products are our speciality: we know what the sportsbook needs to be successful, and through our iFrame solution, we can offer our whole range of products with the simplest way to start using them. We have also made one of the best solutions on the market for mobile devices, which scales down automatically from the desktop version.”To emphasise this speed to market, even for the provision of esports betting markets, Kyrylenko explained: “With the Sportsbook iFrame solution, operators can launch sports betting – including esports markets –  in just a matter of hours.“These operators can quickly change the frontend view and the display of information because these changes don’t affect the core aspects of the client’s platform.”Despite these more obvious front-end benefits, cyber security – including the safe storage and appropriate usage of of personal data, which remains on the operator side – has been another core focus for the Sportsbook iFrame development.“iFrame means that our clients are in control – they can apply any necessary settings or customisations to ensure the safety of the business themselves,” added Kyrylenko. “All the data we exchange is encoded, not personalised, so even in the event of a data breach, information about customers and their transactions won’t be compromised.”Meanwhile, the third key component of the iFrame technology is the enhanced marketing potential, through the autonomous creation of teasers, promotions and interface changes.“Operators will swiftly and easily be able to control and adapt to the specifics and trends of the market or sports schedule through their back-end settings,” Kyrylenko concluded. “In addition, we provide our partners with very important tools for analysing the operational aspect of their business, which is very rarely found in iFrame based products.” Sharelast_img read more

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Local filmmaker ready to show next volume of northeast Michigan adventures

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Michigan Micro Adventures Volume 1 came out last year.It follows a father and son through various adventures around northeast Michigan. This weekend at the seventh annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival, the second volume debuts with episode 1.Filmmaker Zach Irving created the series. This week, he’s putting his finishing touches on volume 2 of Michigan Micro Adventures. Since Volume 1, a lot has changed in terms of equipment and capturing of the episodes.“We updated our equipment,” said Irving. “Things are a lot more polished off in this season, and we had more of an idea of where we were going with these episodes.”Irving would often utilize his camera, drone, and slider to capture shots of the subject, nature, and miscellaneous items.Episode 1 of volume 2 opens with Gary and Eli (Zach’s father and brother) in the summertime, snorkeling over a piece of history.“Each episode caters to each season that Michigan sees, so it caters to an adventure you can do in each season,” said Irving.The filmmaker has poured in over 300 hours to the project. He’s acquired the help of 15 different artists from the ‘Sunrise Side’ to make his vision a reality, a reality that has been years in the making.“I grew up as a daydreamer, and I was always that kid in class, just looking off out the window, not even thinking about what I was looking at,” said Irving. “I had a story in my mind at all times.”Catch the first episode of volume two on Sunday afternoon at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival. Visit www.thunderbayfriends.org. Irving plans to release the full volume in the spring.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival, Behind the Lens, Drones, Editing, film festival, Filmmaking, History, Michigan Micro Adventures, Michigan Micro Adventures Volume 2, northeast michiganContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, January 23Next Organizations in Alpena band together to help local federal employees during shutdownlast_img read more

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Is Angels vs. Astros season-opening series in peril after Houston rodeo is canceled?

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Major League Baseball has not announced any alterations to the schedule, but the possibility remains that it could cancel or postpone games, play them in alternate locations or play them in major-league stadiums with the crowds restricted or eliminated.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Questions about the Angels’ season-opening series in Houston grew louder with the cancellation of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.The Houston Astros, who are scheduled to host the Angels on March 26 in the first game of a season-opening four-game series, released a statement saying there have been no changes to their schedule so far.“We are in regular communication with the city, county, local health authorities and MLB,” the statement said. “We have not adjusted our game schedule at this point – including our exhibition games.”Obviously, the Angels’ games against the Astros are just a small slice of the worldwide situation in which large gatherings are being canceled or postponed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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