Jamaica Taking Action Against Invasive Alien Species

first_img Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Oral Khan, says Jamaica is taking action to protect the country’s biodiversity against the threat of invasive alien species. Mr. Khan, who was addressing the opening of a regional workshop at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on September 18, said that among the measures being undertaken are the establishment of a working group on invasive species; development of a national invasive species strategy and action plan; and the launch of an invasive species database. Story Highlightscenter_img Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Oral Khan, says Jamaica is taking action to protect the country’s biodiversity against the threat of invasive alien species.He noted that the island is affected by more than 120 such species. These are invasive non-native plants, animals, pathogens and other organisms that may cause economic or environmental harm or adversely affect human health.In particular, they impact adversely upon biodiversity, including the decline or elimination of native species through competition, predation, or transmission of pathogens, and the disruption of local ecosystems.With the island considered one of the most biodiverse in the Caribbean region, home to 8,000 recorded species of plants and animals and 3,500 marine species, it is important that these are preserved and protected.Mr. Khan, who was addressing the opening of a regional workshop at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on September 18, said that among the measures being undertaken are the establishment of a working group on invasive species; development of a national invasive species strategy and action plan; and the launch of an invasive species database.He noted that the proposed amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act will specifically address invasive alien species.Mr. Khan also cited the implementation of public education campaigns, including the ‘Eat It to Deplete It’ thrust to get Jamaicans to consume the lionfish.The lionfish, which is an invasive species, has destroyed stocks of other fish populations by consuming young native fish. They also cause havoc to reefs and other local ecosystems.The national campaign is achieving its objectives of causing a decline in the lionfish population.“Since its first invasion in 2008, it is now at about 50 per cent of where it once was at its peak,” said marine invasive species expert at the Centre for Marine Sciences at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr. Dayne Buddo, in an interview with JIS News.“This is due mainly to getting fishermen involved and dive operators to the point where they now see it as food fish,” he noted further.“There is no longer a fear towards it. A lot of that is as a result of an invasive species project we did with Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA),” he added.The week-long workshop is focused on building the capacity of Caribbean Small Island Developing States to achieve Aichi Target 9 of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.The target speaks to identifying and prioritising invasive alien species, that priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures put in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity includes 20 time-bound, measurable targets to be met by the year 2020 (Aichi Biodiversity Targets).It is expected that the workshop will examine a number of issues, including an evaluation of national policies, legislation and capacities required within the Caribbean to achieve Achi Biodiversity Target 9; development of an action plan based on regional priorities, among other things.It is being undertaken through support from the Government of Japan, UN Environment, Government of the United Kingdom, the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International and the Jamaican Government.In his remarks, Head of the Caribbean Subregional Office of the United Nations Environment in Jamaica, Vincent Sweeney, cited the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water as a major step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species.The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Convention, which entered into force in September, aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another by establishing standards and procedures for the management and control of ships’ ballast water and sediments.“It addresses aquatic invasive species by requiring all ships to implement a ballast waste management plan, among other actions,” Mr. Sweeny noted.last_img read more

Inside Austin City Limits Festival 2018 With The Recording Academy

first_img Twitter Email This year’s ACL featured headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica and Travis Scott, but the weekend was also chock-full of special performances from all over the musical map, everything from great Texas artists to international artists and more. The Recording Academy is on-the-ground in Austin to bring you all the action right here on GRAMMY.com.Elle King On Self-Love & Individuality: “You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For” Backstage At Austin City Limits Festival 2018 inside-austin-city-limits-festival-2018-recording-academy News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 7, 2018 – 11:17 pm Backstage At Austin City Limits Festival 2018 Whether you made it to Austin for this year’s ACL Fest or not, we’ll take you backstage for an exclusive look at some of the festival’s hottest artistsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 7, 2018 – 11:22 pm Festival season comes to an official—and incredible—close each year with Austin City Limits Festival inTexas. For two weekends in October, Austin’s Zilker Park is taken over by multiple stages featuring artists spanning a multitude of genres and styles for three days of great music and rich Texas culture. Inside Austin City Limits Festival 2018 With The Recording Academy last_img read more

OBITUARY Mary Ellen Scelzo McIntire

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mary Ellen (Scelzo) McIntire, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury and Woburn, passed away on May 13, 2018.Beloved wife of the late Richard A. McIntire. Devoted mother of Mary Ellen O’Neil and her husband Thomas of Warren, RI, Michael McIntire and Cathy Whitten of Tewksbury, Louise Southmayd and her husband Thomas of Wilmington, Edna Peters and her husband David of Tewksbury, the late Richard A. McIntire Jr. Loving grandmother of Robert and Brian Surran, Amy Talbot, Michael O’Neil, Deborah Burtt, Richard McIntire, David Peters Jr., and the late Linda Peters. Loving great grandmother of Anthony and Laci Burtt, Owen and Jacqueline O’Neil, Audrey and Jack Talbot, Jason and Joshua Surran and Matthew Peters. Sister of Louise Garland of LaPalma, CA and the late Joseph Scelzo. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and many extended family members.Funeral from the McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant St., WOBURN, Friday, May 18th, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main St., Woburn, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Ellen’s memory to the Linda Peters Memorial Scholarship Fund, 940 Main St. #18, Tewksbury, MA 01876.Mary Ellen McIntire(NOTE: The above obituary is from McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Zillow uses VR to try to make online real estate more authentic

first_img Tags E-commerce Virtual Reality Virtual Reality Apps Zillow’s 3D Home tool lets real estate agents show immersive VR views of homes for sale. You click arrows at the bottom to navigate from room to room or select rooms from the right side of the page. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Real estate is getting a bit more virtual with 3D immersive tours at Zillow, a major player in online home sales.The company added a feature called 3D Home to its site and app Monday that lets you step from virtual room to virtual room as you’re shopping online. Real estate agents can capture the imagery using an iPhone or Ricoh’s 360-degree cameras like the Theta V and Theta Z1.The result, Zillow hopes, is you should get a better feel for what might well be one of the most expensive purchases in your life. Virtual reality has limited mainstream appeal, even among gamers, but it still holds potential for when you want to be transported to a different realm.”One of Zillow’s core goals has been to make buying and selling homes dramatically easier,” said Josh Weisberg, Zillow’s product leader for 3D and computer vision. “Giving a buyer or renter an immersive or authentic sense of what a home is like is a big step toward making the overall real estate transaction more seamless.”Think of it as the Tinder profile photo problem but for houses. Everybody wants to look their best in an online dating profile, but it’s a problem when would-be dates don’t find out soon enough you’re not a 10/10. If expectations are too far from reality in real estate, negotiations are a waste of time for both buyer and seller.For now, stepping through the 3D home is like using Google Maps’ Street View: you see arrows that let you click or tap around to different rooms. You won’t be swooping through a 3D zone like you might in a VR video game.Zillow's 3D Home tool captures imagery from iPhones or Ricoh Theta 360-degree cameras and processes it. That includes HDR processing for tricky exposure situations.Zillow’s 3D Home tool captures imagery from iPhones or Ricoh Theta 360-degree cameras and processes it. That includes HDR processing for tricky exposure situations like nighttime views. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Later, Zillow hopes to speed up the virtual room display and make it smoother to virtually travel around, with better reconstructions of the perspectives between camera positions. And the company expects to add an ability to automatically generate floor plans, another useful addition for buyers and sellers.Zillow’s 3D Home tool is designed to be easy for photographers to use so home sellers and their agents can add the 3D views affordably to ordinary homes for sale, not just luxury mansions, Weisberg said. Photographing a 3,000-square-foot home takes about 10 or 15 minutes, with shots taken for each room.The idea is to make 3D home tours more accessible to people who don’t have expensive photography setups, which can involve lots of labor and expensive gear. Now the Zillow app captures the imagery, processes it into a 3D map then presents it online.”The overwhelming major of home sales are under $1 million, so it’s been a struggle,” Weisberg said. “If you’re a buyer of one of these homes, you don’t get access to these more immersive experiences.” Share your voice 1 Commentlast_img read more

CJ quits for his corruption Law Minister

first_imgLaw minister Anisul Huq. File photoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said it was corruption that prompted chief justice Surenda Kumar Sinha to step down from his post.“The chief justice resigned as other judges refused to sit with him following 11 charges he is facing,” he said.The minister was addressing a programme at Taltala village in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria district after the inauguration of electrification of several villages, reports UNB.The minister claimed that SK Sinha had got angered when he told him that the Constitution is the supreme law.Mentioning that the next general election will be held in December next in a free and fair manner, he said Awami League will return to power.“No one will be allowed to create any chaos. Any attempt to foil the election will be dealt with an iron hand,” he added.last_img read more