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‘FishMS’ service a hit in SA

first_img10 July 2007The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) has successfully turned to technology to help preserve the country’s many fish species, with its FishMS service informing users of which species are in plentiful supply, endangered or illegal to buy.“The instant access to accurate information and an informed choice has struck a chord with South Africa’s seafood lovers and cellphone users,” SASSI spokesperson Timony Siebert told the South African Press Agency (Sapa) this week.He told the agency that more than 3 000 people had made more than 11 000 enquiries since the service was introduced last December.Users can SMS the name of the fish in question to 079 499 8795 and a reply by the service will confirm if the fish is in plentiful supply, endangered or illegal to buy.Siebert told SAinfo that the service was funded and developed from “home-grown” technology by iVeri Payment Technologies, who also manage the system, as part of their contribution to the SASSI.“They thought it would be a novel and fun way to help champion the SASSI cause,” Siebert said.Siebert said that it took about 8 weeks to develop and another month of “fine tuning and beta testing” before the service went live, and was promoted “mostly through print media and then spin-offs from radio interviews, internet, word of mouth and SASSI networking partners”.The SASSI has already released a downloadable pocket guide and booklet as well as online database for seafood lovers, which separates fish species into three lists:Green – These species have well-managed populations that can sustain current fishing pressure, and are recommended as the most sustainable choices available. Orange – Though registered commercial fishers and retailers may legally sell these species, an increase in demand could compromise a sustainable supply. Red – These are species that are illegal to buy or sell in South Africa according to the Marine Living Resources Act. Some of these are recreational species that can be caught for ones own enjoyment, subject to the possession of a valid recreational fishing permit as well as other restrictions.Sapa reported that the highest number of queries for a single species was for the Kingklip, which is on the orange list, with 744 enquiries, while the most queries for a fish on the red list was for the Galjoen with 333 enquiries.“SMSs to the FishMS service are charged at normal cellphone rates,” Siebert told SAinfo.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra croons lullaby for Mary Kom

first_imgActress-singer Priyanka Chopra has sung a lullaby in her forthcoming film Mary Kom, a biopic on the five-time World Champion boxer.”I have sung a lori (lullaby) in the film, which comes in the important part of the film. It’s a very intimate conversation between the mother and child and yes, it was fun. It has a good tune,” said Priyanka. She was speaking at the trailer launch of Mary Kom.Priyanka Chopra at Mary Kom trailer launchDirector Omung Kumar got ample support from Mary Kom during the making of the movie, which will release September 5.In the last few years, Bollywood has successfully churned out films based on sportsmen like Paan Singh Tomar and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Many feel that sports based films have become trendy in filmdom, but Priyanka begs to differ.She said: “This is the first film on a female athlete and it is very disrespectful to say it’s a trend.”last_img read more

Stephanie Frappart is 1st woman to referee match in French top flight

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Big Ben runner has bad time at end of London Marathon Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting French referee Stephanie Frappart gestures during her French League One soccer match between Amiens and Strasbourg, at the Stade de la Licorne stadium in Amiens, France, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Stephanie Frappart is the first woman to referee a Ligue One soccer match in France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)AMIENS, France — Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a match in the French first division when she took charge of the Amiens vs. Strasbourg game on Sunday.The 35-year-old Frappart had already refereed at second-tier level in France and she will also referee at the women’s World Cup later this year.ADVERTISEMENT The game finished 0-0.Frappart showed yellow cards to two Strasbourg players in the first half and cautioned one player from each side late in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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