Great Barrier Reef damaged in ‘unprecedented bleaching’

first_imgAerial surveys have revealed that unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.The bleaching-or loss of algae- affects a 1,500 km  (900 miles) stretch of the reef, according to scientists.The latest damage is concentrated in the middle section, whereas last year’s bleaching it mainly north.According to BBC News, experts fear the proximity of the two events will give damaged coral little chance to recover.Mass Coral Bleaching Coral bleaching is caused by rising water temperatures resulting from two natural warm currents .It is exacerbated by man-made climate change, as the oceans are absorbing about 93% of the increase in the Earth’s heat.Bleaching happens when corals under stress drive out the algae known as zooxanthellae that give them color.The latest damage happened without the assistance of El Nino, a weather pattern previously associated with bleaching events.The UN says it is the “most bio diverse” of all the World Heritage sites, and of all the World Heritage sites, and of “enormous scientific and intrinsic importance”.last_img read more

Today is Jamaica Diaspora Day

first_imgToday, June 16, is Jamaica Diaspora Day.A study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) on the value of the diaspora to the country has been launched.The study is being jointly undertaken by CaPRI and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI).Diaspora Day is being celebrated by Jamaicans at home and abroad.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Lincoln Downer, said designation of the day emerged from one of seven resolutions put forward at the first historic Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held in Kingston from June 16-17, 2004.“The Resolution noted that Jamaicans overseas were desirous of maintaining and strengthening their relationship with their homeland, and there was a general consensus that a day should be selected where the achievements of the diaspora would be highlighted and the oneness of the diaspora celebrated,” he said.To formalise the recommendation from the conference, he said the Ministry obtained approval from Cabinet that culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005 by the then Governor-General, Howard Cooke, for Jamaica Diaspora Day to be celebrated annually on June 16.The Proclamation requested the support of Jamaicans at home and abroad around the activities of the Jamaican diaspora.Launches were held in Jamaica and in specific diaspora locations to mark the inaugural celebration of Diaspora Day.last_img read more

Caribbean’s first net zero energy building at UWI

first_imgThe Caribbean’s first net zero energy building was officially opened in Jamaica at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI). Officials are hoping the building will demonstrate emerging and best practices as it relates to energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental design.Center for Advanced Research in Renewable EnergyThe 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will house the Center for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE), the first such center in the Caribbean, promoting research in photovoltaic (solar), wind and biomass energy.Benefits of zero buildingA net zero building is one where the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. The long-term benefits are lower environmental impact, and operating and maintenance costs, better resiliency to power outages and natural disasters, and improved energy security.Seeking more energy-efficient building designs Jamaica’s Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, said now that the prototype building is complete and ready for use, Jamaica is looking forward to the results to make the case for more energy-efficient building designs and greater use of renewable resources.It is estimated that more than half of the electricity produced is consumed by buildings, with 10 to 20 per cent of total life-cycle use going into manufacture and assembly of building material, construction, maintenance, refurbishing and demolition.Eighty to 90 per cent of energy consumed over the life of the building is for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation.The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).For more on other UWI initiatives, click the link: University of the West Indies launches Center for Reparation Researchlast_img read more

Francis Suarez sworn in as new Miami mayor

first_imgFrancis Suarez was sworn in as the new City of Miami mayor on November 15, and succeeds outgoing Mayor Tomas Regalado. Following his election on November 7, Francis Suarez was sworn in as the new City of Miami mayor on November 15, and succeeds outgoing Mayor Tomas Regalado. Francis SuarezOn Wednesday, November 18, former City of Miami Commissioner  Francis X. Suarez was sworn in as the 33rd mayor of Miami. He took the oath of office on a Bible held by his wife Gloria. The oath was taken at the Dinner Key Marina. The oath was administered by Suarez’s former University of Florida classmate Judge Robert J. Luck.“I do this because I believe that our residents should always have a direct line of communication with me,” he said.Inaugural speechIn his inaugural speech the new mayor promised to address the city’s traffic gridlock, chronic homelessness, lack of affordable housing, attract technology jobs and protect the city from rising sea levels resulting from global warming.The son of former Miami mayor Xavier Suarez, one of the first acts of the new mayor was to recognize his father’s service.Father and son mayors “This is the first time in its 121-year history where a father and son have been mayor of the city of Miami,” he said.Suarez said he plans to hold open office hours, so that all city employees can share their ideas with him and announced plans to visit a different Miami neighborhood at least one time each month.Gave out cell informationHe also gave out his cell phone information (305-992-3342) in English and Spanish saying he did this as he wants to have open communication with, and be accessible at all times, to city residents. He promised to be accountable to all the residents of the City of Miami.“The only way that we will be able to really know what is going on in our communities is by being in them,” Suarez said.Suarez, succeeds outgoing Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who has endorsed his candidacy. He won the mayors race overwhelmingly with almost 86 percent of the votes in elections held on November 7.During his tenure as City Commissioner, Suarez served as vice chair of the Miami‐Dade Transportation Planning Organization and is the immediate past president of the Miami‐Dade County League of Cities.last_img read more

Wayne Messam re-elected as Mayor of the City of Miramar

first_imgThe incumbent mayor of the City of Miramar, Wayne Messam, 44, was easily reelected for a second term on in that city’s municipal elections on March 12. Messam, who is also contemplating a run as a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential elections handily won 86.05 percent of the votes over his little known challenger Josue LaRose who received 13.95 percent.Messam, a Jamaican-American, was first elected mayor in 2014, when he defeated then incumbent Mayor Lori Mosely in what regarded as a surprise victory. During his tenure as mayor he has been generally regarded by Miramar residents as “doing an impressive job.” His goal has been to make Miramar, home to one of the largest Caribbean American population in the United States, one of the more progressive cities in the nation. Currently Miramar host more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in Florida, and continues to expand its residential communities.last_img read more

Reggae greats to be honored in Jamaica

first_imgThe Mighty Diamonds reggae group to be honored at Tribute to the Greats show in Kingston. The Wailing Wailers and The Mighty Diamonds, two outstanding reggae groups who emerged from the fabled community of Trench Town, head the honorees for the Tribute To The Greats show in Kingston, Jamaica on July 27.It is the 22nd straight year of the event which is organized by respected musicologist Kingsley Goodison. He said with the Jamaican government celebrating 2019 as reggae’s 50th anniversary, it is appropriate his show recognizes The Wailing Wailers and The Mighty Diamonds.“The Wailing Wailers are seminal in just about every aspect of music…vocals, harmonies, musicians. The Diamonds are marking their 50th anniversary this year, so it’s fitting we recognize them,” Goodison said.Formed during the early 1960s, The Wailing Wailers included Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Neville Livingston (later Bunny Wailer), Junior Braithwaite, Cherry Smith and Beverley Kelso. They broke out in the ska era with a number of hit songs for producer Clement “Coxson” Dodd including Simmer Down, Lonesome Feeling, One Love, Love and Affection and It Hurts to be Alone.In the 1970s, Marley covered One Love for Island Records. That version is synonymous with world peace and is used as a calling card by many established companies including the Jamaica Tourist Board. Wailer and Smith are the only survivors from the original Wailing Wailers. Marley died in 1981, Tosh in 1987, Braithwaite in 1999 and Kelso in 2008.The Mighty Diamonds launched in 1969 with Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Donald “Tabby” Shaw as original members. Ferguson and Shaw are still active; Simpson suffered a stroke in 2015 and has been unable to tour since.The current lineup is completed by Joseph “Capo” Williamson, a veteran of the South Florida reggae scene.Most of The Mighty Diamonds’ classic songs such as The Right Time, I Need A Roof, Have Mercy and Africa were recorded at Channel One studio in the 1970s.Other awardees this year include pioneer singer/songwriter Owen Gray, Anthony “Chips” Richards, a former marketing executive at Trojan Records, legendary session guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith and Louis Davis of the Vinyl Record Collectors Association.last_img read more

Evans doubtful, Ayanbadejo questionable on Ravens’ final injury report

first_imgFriday’s injury report supported Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s claim about the likelihood of Lee Evans playing against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.It’s highly unlikely.The veteran wide receiver is listed as doubtful along with linebacker Dannell Ellerbe despite both players having practiced all week on a limited basis. Evans has missed Baltimore’s last six games with an ankle injury.Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is questionable for Sunday and will take a concussion test on Saturday in hopes of being cleared for contact. Both he and Harbaugh expressed optimism, and Ayanbadejo has not experienced any further concussion-related symptoms this week.A day after sitting out practice, safety Ed Reed and linebacker Terrell Suggs were full participants and are listed as probable for Sunday, alleviating any lingering concerns regarding their availability against the Seahawks.Rookie running back Anthony Allen was ruled out as he continues to deal with a thigh injury.For Seattle, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and wide receiver Sidney Rice are both probable after practicing fully on Friday.BALTIMOREOUT: RB Anthony Allen (thigh)DOUBTFUL: LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle)QUESTIONABLE: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (head)PROBABLE: C Matt Birk (neck), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (knee), TE Kris Wilson (calf)SEATTLEOUT: LB David Vobora (concussion)QUESTIONABLE: TE Cameron Morrah (toe, knee)PROBABLE: QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), WR Sidney Rice (foot)last_img read more

Spanish Forward Nolito Closes In On Sevilla Switch

first_imgSpanish international Nolito has moved a step closer to securing a transfer back to his native country after former UEFA Europa League (UEL) champions Sevilla announced that he is expected in Seville for his medical this week.Nolito moved to Manchester City last summer from Spanish outfit Celta Vigo in a £13.8m deal and immediately settled into his new surroundings. He however fell out of favour with manager Pep Guardiola some months into the season and didn’t regain his place in the starting XI till the end of the season though he still managed six goals in 30 appearances for the Citizens. With three years still left on his Manchester City contract, Nolito was keen to return home as he disclosed that his daughter didn’t like life in England. This led to an £8m agreement between City and Sevilla for his transfer subject to medical and paperwork.RelatedLa Liga Review: Atletico Thrash Sevilla To Trim Gap On Leaders BarcelonaFebruary 26, 2018In “Europe”Manchester City transfers: Navas Secure Return To Sevilla; Fernando Close To Gala SwitchAugust 2, 2017In “England”Sevilla Secure Gonalons Loan Transfer From RomaAugust 20, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

London Baby Ice Breaker… Thomas Nielsen – Magnet Gaming

first_img SBC moves at ICE London to brand new stand location S3-206 January 18, 2019 Share Share Bringing the buzz at ICE: US, Big Data, Blockchain and Crypto February 2, 2018 Related Articles StumbleUpon Thomas Nielsen, Magnet GamingThomas Nielsen of Magnet Gaming details his thoughts on sector trends and key agenda as the industry prepares for conference season.A London Baby Sponsor  (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square), , Magnet Gaming has quickly risen up the ranks of igaming content and providers with its fresh approach to game creations, ideas and development and game-play  __________________________SBC: What new products/services will you have for the market in 2017?Thomas Nielsen:  Magnet Gaming is always looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to HTML5 slots. We are currently putting a lot of time, money and effort into WebGL, a technology that allows Magnet to create real-time 3D graphics and effects in browsers, leading to slots with incredible graphics. It’s a very exciting time for the company, as we’re close to the point where it’s impossible to tell whether it’s an HTML5 game or a native app on a mobile device. Ensuring our slots are of the best quality is essential and that’s illustrated by two of our latest releases – Fish Tank and Haunted House – both of which will be playable on stand N6-210 at ICE. Both games create very different but engaging atmospheres and are sure to prove popular thanks to their game play and visual perspective. Magnet will also be bringing a little bit of nostalgia to the modern day with a revamped classic, due for release in the coming months.SBC: What do you think will be the industry buzzword this year and why?TN: A 2017 buzzword that applies especially to Magnet is ‘casual convert’, as I think we’ll be seeing a lot of so-called casual gamers crossing over into the real-money market. It’s an area where we have gained a lot of traction over the years, and one that shows no sign of peaking just yet. In fact, a major operator, which has launched a vertical featuring our casually-orientated slots, is seeing a big growth in customer lifetime value on the core slots on their site. It’s clearly a key growth area in the market and it’s something more operators will be looking to do this year.SBC:  Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the iGaming industry this year?TN: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, mobile gaming is still where the action is, and there is a lot of potential yet to be unlocked. Mobile is what drives consumer orientated trends, so those who deliver the best entertainment through that vertical will win. Magnet have already demonstrated how important mobile is with titles such as Gold Rush and Inspector, both of which work seamlessly on handheld devices – offering our players the ability to play their favourite games on the go. We will certainly be doing our best to ensure we stay one step ahead, by continuing to put a lot of time, money and effort into unlocking even more of its secrets.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?                             TN: Magnet has sponsored London Baby for the past two years, and it’s been great. Not only is it a lot of fun, but it also provides a great place to sit down and have a talk with colleagues and clients in a less formal environment.SBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE?                        TN: We’ll have numerous handheld devices to play on as we proudly show off our full portfolio of slots at ICE 2017 on Magnet Gaming stand N6-210. There will also be complimentary coffees for those that need a caffeine boost, while those who need something a little bit stronger can of course find us at London Baby on Tuesday night till late._______________________Thomas Nielsen – Magnet Gaming Submit SBC strengthens conference team appointing Ana-Luiza Olanescu as production lead January 7, 2019last_img read more

Paddy Power sponsors CONIFA ‘Rebels’ World Football Cup

first_imgPaddy Power has become the lead sponsor of the ‘CONIFA – World Football Cup 2018’ tournament, which will be hosted in London (31 May – 10 June).CONIFA, the ‘Confederation of Independent Football Associations’ is the international governing body for Non-FIFA syndicated football associations.Paddy Power marketing, details that it wants to support the ‘rebels and wildcards of world football who FIFA refuse to recognise’.Countering the FIFA Russia World Cup, this summer’s CONIFA tournament has been expanded to sixteen teams, including the exiled people of Tibet, the Zimbabwean region of Matabeleland, the Isle of Man and Yorkshire.Confirming its sponsorship, Paddy Power released a Youtube video featuring CONIFA president Pers Anders Blind and former Premier League stars Paul Ince and Sol Campbell.Paddy Power will further support the CONIFA tournament streaming the tournament’s matches across its social media channels.Company spokesman Paddy Power said: “We love the idea of a tournament which represents the underdog, and sticks one up FIFA.“English fans have little or no incentive to go to Russia, so we thought we’d give them an alternative right on the doorstep.No millionaires, no prima donnas, just decent lads who are every bit as patriotic as every other international player.” Submit Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more